By Tom Quiner
“The state should never have gotten involved with marriage.”
I heard a Ron Paul supporter make that claim a few days ago on a call-in Catholic talk radio show. The guest on the show, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, made an interesting response: “marriage isn’t about love.”
That’s enough to make any Catholic sit up and take notice since we each made a vow to love and honor our spouse til death do us part. Mr. Donohue was making the case for the state’s interest in secular marriage, as distinguished from religious marriages.
The state isn’t concerned about feelings, says Donohue, they’re concerned with families. If John Lennon’s wish had come true, “imagine there’s no religion,” there would still be marriage because communities realized thousands of years ago that societies work best with strong families, and families can only be created with a man and a woman.
There is no need for so-called marriage between two men, just as there is no need for so-called marriage between two women.
Secular marriage is about families, not feelings, not attractions, and not even love.
But children need the permanence, stability, and love of their mom and dad. Bill Donohue points out that is exactly why communities, governments, and principalities down through the ages created and enforced the marriage covenant: it was good for the state.
That’s why so-called gay marriage is bad for the state. It puts attractions before children. It turns marriage upside down to the long term detriment of our communities.
Marriage isn’t about love, it’s about the children in the eyes of the state. Sex and procreation go hand in hand.