The Governor of New York State has let it be known that he will soon begin to demolish the foundation of society.
Of course, he didn’t put it quite that way. Instead, he promised to push for the passage of the so-called “Marriage Equality Act”, which would re-define marriage, which is the fundamental support of a healthy society. The Governor is apparently not satisfied with the authentic meaning of marriage — a union of one man and one woman dedicated to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. Instead, he wants to change it to mean something that it cannot — a union between persons of the same sex.
Several times in recent years, the State Assembly has passed the bill to re-define marriage, but it has only come up for a vote once in the Senate, where it was defeated in 2009. But it has risen again, and it appears that the Governor will put some of his considerable political muscle behind it.
This, in a state where there is a marriage and family crisis — where 41% of births are out-of-wedlock, only 66% of households with children are headed by a married couple, and there are over 50,000 divorces in families with children under 18. Now is hardly the time to re-define marriage, leaving people with the impression that it is all about adult satisfaction and not about children, and that children don’t need both a mother and a father who are in a stable, life-long relationship.
For more information about this critical issue, and how you can take action, visit the webpage of the Family Life/Respect Life Office. There you can find resources to get the pro-marriage message into our parishes and communities, and to answer some of the common misconceptions about this issue.
Ultimately, we need to make clear that this is not about “equal rights” or “discrimination”. Same sex couples have the right to live as they wish, but nobody has the right to re-define marriage for all of society. Please take action today to defend marriage.
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