Conservative Catholic J.P. Moran says we need to separate the religious term of marriage from the secular term of marriage. Moran suggests that we can’t use the same word when they mean 2 different things to different groups of people. Giving one group the right to marry is allowing the government to pick and choose who gets to marry.
The word “marriage” really has two meanings today: one, the religious term which has historically meant uniting a two of the opposite sex, and two, the secular definition, the state of being united to a person (of either sex) and enjoy the personal and legal rewards of their union.
We should end the confusion and separate the issue along these lines. Both sides can keep their own sincerely held definitions. Religious institutions or pastors should not be forced to (religiously) marry or bless same-sex couples, if it’s against their beliefs. At the same time, we should allow gays to legally marry throughout the country via a justice of the peace or religious institution that accepts same-sex marriage.
Interesting concept. Implementing it would be a daunting task, at best! Pulling “marriage” out of every legal text known to man might be nearly impossible. Put assuming the logistics were do-able… what do you think? Could you get on board with this proposal?
Moran issues this word of caution to Conservatives:
If you’re concerned about same-sex marriage being detrimental to society, then you’re missing the point. The problem isn’t LBGTQ’s marrying; it’s the radical progressive agenda which has hijacked the gay rights cause with its goal to deny our Constitutional religious liberties and freedom of conscience.
He’s got a point. You can read his full article here at Townhall.
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