State and Marriage

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They may be onto something.  Alabama just voted to end state licensing of marriages, whether straight or gay marriages.  I actually see this as a great thing because the gay lobby couldn’t possibly have a reason to argue about marriage equality and inequality now.  That would also mean businesses would not be legally pressured to cater to gay “weddings” and yet if a gay couple wants to move in together and call it a “marriage” then they can do so without dictating to the rest of society what to think about their marriage.  Here is the article.

Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Effectively Nullify All Sides on Marriage

Marriage is a Sacrament anyway, not a mere legal contract.  Since when did the state have the right or the power to make married couples get licensed anyway?  Marriage can still be culturally viewed as a bond between a man and a woman without giving the state power to redefine marriage to be politically correct and accommodate to lobby groups.  If these gay couples desire to call their union a marriage after getting “wedded” in an Episcopal church for example, then can do so without pressuring others to accept their lifestyle.  This does not mean I support it, but I view as a necessary evil, meaning I find it better for it to exist without giving gays a reason to think we are using the law to force our ways on them.  I mentioned Saint Thomas Aquinas on how he believed not all vices need be punished by law, “but only the more grievous vices” and mentions “human law prohibits murder, theft and such like” [1].  On the other hand the state must do this while upholding Catholic truth as much as it can; Saint John Paul II said traditional “family must be helped and defended by appropriate social measures” [2], and grant “freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family’s own moral and religious convictions” [3].  That’s not to say that licensing only straight marriage is penalizing gays, and I have never believed that, but I feel this decision by Alabama might be better since gay lobby groups look to what the law says and demand for the same treatment.  Maybe we’ll see an end to pushing for gay “marriage” in such states.  I’ve also heard other states are following Alabama in the same direction.

[1] Saint Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica I-II.96.2. <http://www.newadvent.org/summa/2096.htm#article2&gt;.

[2] Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2209

[3] Ibid., 2211

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