Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

...and to file jointly as long as you both shall live?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 02, 2004

George Weigel seconds Maggie Gallagher on the fight for the survival of marriage:

When gay activists talk about the "benefits" of marriage, they're talking about entitlements granted by the state. When advocates of "marriage" rightly understood talk about the "benefits" of marriage, we mean, at least in the first instance, something different. As [Maggie] Gallagher puts it, we mean "the good things that happen when husbands and wives are joined in permanent, public, sexual, emotional, financial, and parenting unions" -- we mean the good things that happen to couples, and to the children who grow up in stable families. Legal "benefits" are secondary to these goods, which are public goods, not just state-conferred private goodies.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,004 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,996.25
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2004 5:22 PM ET USA

    Children, permanence, exclusivity, common life - the "goods of marriage". When were they last mentioned in a parish sermon? Do they use these words in marriage preparation courses?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO September 1
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29
Frustrating the Moral Law August 29
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8