Insights from Experts

National Review Online published an article last week asking nine experts on their views on same-sex marriage. It’s interesting to read each person’s analysis on the future of marriage.

Here is an excerpt from one of the writers in the article, William C. Duncan, director of the Marriage Law Foundation:

Sunday’s media celebration of same-sex marriage in New York will surely miss the true significance of the change it heralds, a change that will extend far beyond the meaning it gives to new spouses. This is what makes same-sex marriage so unique in its impact on the institution. The decision to forego (through cohabitation) or end (through divorce) marriage undoubtedly has a broad social impact, especially when these individual decisions accumulate as they have in recent decades. But these kinds of decisions can be understood only as a departure from an ideal. Redefining marriage to modify its very nature is different. It involves the substitution of the ideal with an entirely different one. The new ideal, that marriage is the state’s way of endorsing adult relationship choices, will necessarily displace the old one, which had the potentially procreative relationship between men and women at its core. The widely ignored reality is that New York’s official policy will now be that children do not need a mother and father, because men and women are fungible. Will polygamy or open marriages be next? To some degree, that’s beside the point; the shift that will have already occurred is radical enough.

You can read the whole article here.

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2 Responses to “Insights from Experts”

  1. Rich W says:

    I think the Catholic church just needs to elevate the distinction between Holy Matrimony and Marriage. Personally – being married for 25 years in a civil sense is meaningless to me (in fact it costs me more from a US tax perspective). What matters most in our 25 years of Holy Matrimony in the eyes of the Church.

    I tease my wife saying we could follow the logic of the Dr. Seuss classic, The Sneetches – where the State gives away something we ‘value’ (the honor of Marriage – when ‘civil union’ wasn’t enough). In a Catholic display of civil disobedience, we could get a civil divorce (give it back to the State) only IF we could celebrate our 25 years of Holy Matrimony (already marked in June of this year) by attending a special Holy Mass at the Vatican – renewing our Holy Matrimony vows at the Altar in Rome.

    In other words – the State will always want what the church has. Instead of chasing the state and complaining – give to Rome, what is Rome’s … and honor what is religious by honoring what really matters – teaching the value of morality, by celebrating the holiness in life, and honoring the relevance that God plays in our lives. We honor and value our love in front of God – not Caesar. I would ask the Catholic leaders – to stop following – and to lead the discussion.

  2. Patrick says:

    I can’t help but notice that if you compare (by both quantity and quality) the headlines, the blogging, the comments from the Bishop (televised and otherwise), the wringing of hands, all denouncing (A) same sex marriage on the one hand, and (B) this weeks laws regarding free contraception, it IS actually fair to conclude that the RCC unfairly targets gay people when it steps into the public square denouncing sin as it relates to civil law. Shameful. Am I the only one who sees this? This Bishop always claim that he does not discriminate against gay people, but his actions and his omissions say otherwise. We all choose our battles, and he makes it very clear which battles he chooses.