This kind of reflection, using reason and faith, is an appropriate starting point and framework for the current debate.We, the Catholic bishops of the United States, offer here some basic truths to assist people in understanding Catholic teaching about marriage and to enable them to promote marriage and its sacredness.
They have been confirmed by divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture.
Marriage comes from the loving hand of God, who fashioned both male and female in the divine image (see Gn ).
Many of you from a non-religious background will think “Great, so what? Many ‘liberal’ Christians will also think “Great, so what?
” But for me, since sharing my views, (pardon the pun) all hell has broken loose. I’m now daily called a “heretic”, a “false prophet”, a “massive disappointment to the evangelical church” and many other names too inappropriate to print.
Then, during the weekend of the first same-sex marriages, I tweeted several messages wishing the couples well.
Last week I was interviewed on LBC Radio and spoke in favour of equal marriage, related to Archbishop Welby’s LBC phone-in.Over the past few months I’ve been increasingly raising my voice in support of same-sex marriage – or “equal marriage” as I’ll call it from here on.Many of my blog readers are from outside the UK, so in case any of you weren’t aware, on 29th March 2014 England and Wales saw equal marriage become a legal reality.Anne-Marie Thus and Helene Faasen as well as three male couples were married in the first legal same sex marriage ceremony in the world on April 1, 2001 by Job Cohen, the mayor of Amsterdam.But it was Denmark who first approved civil partnerships in 1989 for gay couples.In the US, 37 states have legalised gay marriage but the issue has returned to the forefront of American political debate.