Wednesday, February 25, 2004


I am having trouble with the gay marriage thing. Gay unions . . . okay, fine. But in some respects President Bush is right in that marriage is between a man and a woman. I'm not sure what word we could use for same sex unions to differentiate them from heterosexual unions, maybe we don't want to.

If anything this SHOULD cause men and women to examine their marriage more closely and see how they can strenghten it. It SHOULD cause men and women to treat marriage with more respect than it often gets at the moment. It should, but I don't know if it will.

Mayor Daly correctly stated the counterpoint to Bush, the religious right, "family values" organizations, and others who support the Constitutional ammendment defining marriage (and I'm probably paraphrasing here because I caught this snippet in the rush of the morning) -- "Gays don't have anything to do with marriage. The problem with marriage in this country is not gays." The implication being that the problem with marriage is something deeper, something less superficial.

It's that "something deeper" aspect that I'm interested in pursuing as a soon-to-be priest.



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