Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

As Much Dignity and the Same Legal Effect as Marriage?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jun 04, 2013

I appreciate the (Anglican) Archbishop of Canterbury’s refusal to countenance the redefinition of marriage. Archbishop Justin Welby criticized pending legislation for abandoning “marriage as a normative place for procreation” and for undermining the understanding of the family as prior to the State. All of this is valuable.

But Archbishop Welby also stated that he was not opposed to the recognition of homosexual unions. “Stable and faithful same sex relationships,” he said, “should, where those involved want it, be recognized and supported with as much dignity and the same legal effect as marriage.”

To which the first logical response is one word: Why? Apart from the compelling interest of society in the procreation and raising of children in stable families, why should any random mutual commitment of two persons be privileged in the public mind and protected by the State?

And the second logical response is to wonder why Archbishop Welby, or anyone else, should wish to help maintain the fiction that the key to contemporary recognition of both true marriage and same-sex civil unions is the high value of stability and fidelity. This way of framing the issue is nothing but a charade.

On the one hand, these two aspects of marriage have long since ceased to be either encouraged or protected by the modern State. On the other, there is nothing in the nature and history of same-sex relationships which suggests they are either intrinsically or typically ordered to stability and fidelity.

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 July expenses ($34,059 to go):
$35,000.00 $941.00
97% 3%
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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30
In the Aftermath of Obergefell June 30
The political outlook after Obergefell June 29
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul June 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4