It wasn't what you think

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Nov 21, 2003

You know, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court didn't do what so many people said it did. It did not reverse the discrimination that prevented homosexuals from getting married. In fact, homosexuals have been able to get married all along; no law prevented that. That's because marriage is the union between a man and a woman and gays and lesbians have always been able to marry someone, as long as he or she is the opposite sex.

What the Mass. court did was change the meaning of the word "marriage." Of course, saying something is so, doesn't make it so. The court could decide to redefine the meaning of "mother" to include men, but all the judicial rulings in the world won't allow me to bear children. This is why people are saying that the court's ruling, taken to its logical end, simply removes all meaning from the word "marriage" so that by meaning nothing, it means everything: polygamy, polyamory, incest, bestiality. If marriage doesn't mean what thousands of years of human civilization says it means, then it means anything.

This is the extreme of judicial activism: No longer content to redefine law or write new ones, something which is clearly outside their constitutional jurisdiction, the courts are now re-writing language and re-defining the foundations of civilization. Unless the people-- the vast majority of whom do not agree with judicial activism, but remain like silent sheep nonetheless-- wake up and demand action, then we continue the slide into oblivion. But if the people do act, we can still salvage what remains of civilization.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 23, 2003 9:10 PM ET USA

    Jashu and all, I'll send a letter to the MA Supremes-from FL. Why don't we all? We don't need to sit on our hands!Maybe someone will sponsor a boston newspaper ad-we"ll contribute; we can pray the rosary, fast, start the prayer to St. Michael again in our church.Say it after the priest turns to leave at the bottom of the altar. announce that it is for our country or for the end to abortion, or for right thinking justices, the Church. Complaining here is preaching to the choir. only us hear us!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 23, 2003 8:22 AM ET USA

    The Catholics of Mass. were catechized by "pastoral" bishops. Pastoral for them means: "what can I get away with?" The people learned well. They are simply behaving as taught.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 21, 2003 10:07 PM ET USA

    For militant homosexuals it isn't so much what they get but what they take away from everyone else. Homosexuals, feminists, atheists are not producers in our society. You won't find an atheist-founded hospital in every city, or homosexual-founded colleges or feminist charity campaigns. In almost every instance what you find are these burrowing into Christian institutions and taking them over from the inside. Our society's wealth has fostered parasites--and they strive only to kill the host.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 21, 2003 4:37 PM ET USA

    I really fear that the people of the state of Mass. do not have the courage of their convictions, and will sit on their collective rear ends in face of the situation. Do they have any faith left there? If so, let's see it!