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October 13, 2003
WCR Letters to the Editor
Moral impact concerns
We want to join the many who have written about the redefinition of marriage as a union of any two persons - a law which our government has resolved to push through in spite of the opposition of many people.
This can never be acceptable because it is a lie - a sin against the eighth commandment. Ever since the creation of the world, marriage has always been defined as the union of a man and a woman. No two partners of the same sex have ever been able to produce a child - only a heterosexual couple.
The message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled Marriage in the Present Day (WCR Sept. 15), giving us a beautiful reflection on the sacrament of Marriage, explains succinctly why it must remain defined as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
According to the statistics given in the endnotes of that article and mentioned in Bishop Fred Henry's Sept. 22 article, only 0.5 per cent of all couples are same-sex partners. It is to satisfy the whims of this very tiny minority that our politicians are going to discriminate against all the rest of society. It is not fair!
Now it might be argued that 0.5 per cent will not affect society greatly. Let us allow them to "marry." It will make them happy and it won't affect the rest of us. That, too, is a lie!
To quote just two examples from "Face Homosexuality Now" (WCR Sept 8) "Homosexual teachers will marry, speak about their 'spouses' and bring them to school events. Homosexual couples will become a norm, not an exception, on television programs."
That is why homosexual marriage must be defeated now. If it is not, there will be many social, financial and moral consequences in which our already weakened society will be harmed in ways that we cannot imagine.
Our bishops are giving us great leadership but we must do our part. Bishop Fred Henry has told us Catholics to stop sitting on our hands and more recently, pointed to wider repercussions for society. Since our prime minister has totally shut his ears to all who have appealed to him, ignoring even the admonitions of his own bishop, it is perhaps now time to focus on Paul Martin instead. He also, although Catholic, endorses same sex marriage.
Our clergy can't do it all. We need lay people who are willing to take the lead. Christian judges and lawyers, especially, need to raise their voices.
Most importantly, all people must pray - not only Catholics - but everyone, of all religions, who believe this to be wrong. We have allowed the loosening of divorce laws and abortion on demand. If homosexual marriage becomes the law in our land, what will come next?
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