October 22, 2012

Same-sex “marriage” is not an extension of marriage rights but a dismantling of an institution on which the well-being of societies depend, wrote an Australian archbishop.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth said any “attempt to redefine marriage in such a way as to sever the link between the love of the partners in the marriage and the rights and needs of their children is a misuse of the state’s power.

Our governments did not create the institution of marriage, and they should not seek to dismantle it by altering its fundamental character,” he wrote.

“Rather, as many commentators have noted, the foundational role which families play in the well-being of a society underpins the responsibilities of governments to provide special protection and support to this institution.”