"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

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-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, September 29, 2006

Marriage: before the bench and on the ballot

This just in: A gay couple from Rhode Island has the right to marry in Massachusetts because laws in their home state do not expressly prhibit same-sex marriage, a judge ruled Friday.

As our state's Catholic bishops succinctly put it:

On November 7th, Virginia voters will have an opportunity to decide whether to adopt a state constitutional amendment that would affirm marriage as “a union betweenone man and one woman” and draw a clear distinction between the public institution of marriage and other voluntary relationships. This ballot question has profound significance for the future of the family, the most fundamental social structure of our society...
the marital bond is very different than any other voluntary relationship because of its stability, the environment it provides for the development of families, and the protection it accords spouses and children. Through marriage, two equal but sexually
different persons give themselves and their complementarity to each other for a lifetime, for the benefit of each other and their family; by their pledge of lifelong fidelity, theyprovide the most stable conditions for bringing children into the world and raising them; by their sexual difference, they provide their children the full range of human nurturing that comes by being raised by a mother and a father.

If Virginians want marriage to be re-written by unelected, effectively unaccountable judges, vote "no" to this amendment. If they want to decide to affirm the nature of marriage and place it beyond the reach of social engineers, especially those wearing black robes, vote "yes."

It's as simple as that.

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