Of course, it won’t end there. Logical implications of child-centered marriage extend far beyond the government’s refusing to recognize same-sex unions or adoptions. Once we look at marriage not as a temporary sex contract but a stable structure for rearing children, we need to reexamine no-fault divorce laws, which are centered entirely on the wishes and interests of grown-ups. We might reconsider the use of IVF technology to grant the wishes of infertile couples at the expense of thousands of “surplus” embryos either aborted or consigned to limbo in freezers in labs across the country. We’d have to rethink quite a few things. But then, the moment we cease to be crassly selfish, a whole new world really does open up, and that is one of the key insights of the Gospel.
Next week, I will examine the flawed arguments offered in favor of same-sex unions. Stay tuned.
John Zmirak is the author, most recently, ofThe Bad Catholics Guide to the Catechism. He blogs at The Bad Catholics Bingo Hall.
Same-Sex “Marriage”: Why We Don’t Fight
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John Zmirak - published on 05/08/13
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