Last week a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage, following the lead of every other judge to consider such a ban since the Supreme Court ruled on DOMA last year. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Madison, Wisconsin diocese released this absurd statement about the ruling:
Marriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote. This is not based on any private sectarian viewpoint, but on the natural moral law that is universally binding on all peoples, at all times, and inscribed into our human nature, as man and woman from the beginning of creation. It behooves us to safeguard the sacred ecology of all nature, especially of our human nature.
So the idea of marriage only for straight people is based on the “natural moral law” that is “inscribed into our human nature” — except of the hundreds of millions of people who think otherwise, of course. We don’t count. Apparently it wasn’t “written on our hearts” in good enough ink.
In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization.
Protects marriage from…well what, exactly? From people who want to get married?
Marriage, between one man and one women with openness to children, is an element of the very first “domino” of civilization. The very nature of marriage naturally generates life. When that first “domino” falls, everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened. If the “domino” of true marriage falls, then fall all subsequent “dominos.”
Great. Now if you could just provide some sort of plausible argument by which allowing gay people to get married will have any effect whatsoever on marriages between men and women, we might take you seriously. But you can’t. And you know it. That’s why you rely on this vague and ludicrous rhetoric.
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