From the Source ~~~
A few selected Biblical references [there are many more]:
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
1 Corinthians 6:9-1
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 7:2
2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
Then some Pharisees came to him in order to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful to divorce a wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh’.
From a dictionary ~~~
mat·ri·mo·ny (mtr-mn) n. pl. mat·ri·mo·nies The act or state of being married; marriage. ——————————————————————————– [Middle English, from Old French matrimoine, from Latin mtrimnium, from mter, mtr-, mother; see mter- in Indo-European roots.] — 1 man + 1 woman = marriage. No way to get the “Mother” part in there without the “Father”. – RF
In its most basic form: God, or Nature, or the Force … whatever … created two genders. The ONLY way for the species to survive is for a union between one of each. That is why we have sex. If it didn’t feel good, we probably wouldn’t do it; and the species would die out. Gay “marriage” has no place in that. – RF
Full Text of Catholic Catechism Regarding Homosexuality – 1997
#2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
#2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
#2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
Interesting take from actor Jeremy Irons: “It seems to me that now we’re fighting for the name, and I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that. I mean tax-wise it’s an interesting one, because, you see, could a father not marry his son?” When host Josh Zepps said incest laws would prevent such a relationship, Irons countered: “It’s not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed, so incest wouldn’t cover that. Now if that were so, then if I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties, I could marry my son, and pass on my estate to him.” Irons added that “lawyers are going to have a field day with same-sex marriage.”
Washington Post – July 15, 2014 Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation. The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual. The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”
USA Today – October 1, 2014 LGBT characters are growing in number on broadcast television, according to a report by media advocacy organization GLAAD. In the current TV season, lesbian, gay or bisexual characters make up 3.9% of the total number of series regulars on prime-time shows on the five broadcast networks, or 32 out of 813. That marks an increase over last season’s 3.3% (26 regulars) but falls short of 2012’s record high, 4.4%. No regular characters on broadcast prime-time shows are transgender. Fox leads the way among broadcast networks, with 6.5% of its series-regular characters being lesbian, gay or bisexual. LGBT characters account for an additional 33 recurring roles on broadcast shows during the 2014-15 season, GLAAD says in its annual Where We Are on TV report. On cable, GLAAD counts 64 LGBT series regulars, up from 42 in 2013-14, and 41 recurring characters on prime-time scripted programs in the current TV season, which is measured starting June 1.
Stats elsewhere show [also via GLAAD] that LGBTs are represented in approximately 40% of the episodes. Wow! Clearly, the idea of folks other than “straights” is being pushed way out of proportion to their actual numbers … thus, softening, over time, the public perception … and paving the way for acceptance of gay marriage. – RF
Can you like “Gay” but not “Gay Marriage”? When I was a kid, I grew up with 2 kids – who were brothers – as friends. Knew them since we were 6 or younger. Never had a clue then, but it turned out they were both gay. Back then, I didn’t know what gay even was … other than happy. Haven’t seen either one of them in many years, but to this day, I rank them among my closest friends. Heck, we grew up together. When I was in High School, I befriended this guy, kind of a loner – certainly a different kind of guy – in American History class. We became good friends and he started hanging out with the gang of kids I had grown up with in the old neighborhood. I think it was the next year, I was senior, and I came down with something and was laid up for a week or so. Well, this guy came over, sat by my bedside, lit candles, brought flowers. Turned out, I found out later, he had been in love with me! Shocker! We were still friends. Known many gay folks in my life, some friends, some co-workers, even a relative or two. I remember being in a Lesbian bar, back in the late 70s. My then girlfriend had been invited to this big party there and brought me along. I was the only guy in the place. Interesting experience. I actually witnessed a gal I had once had a crush on French kissing with another woman I knew. Never had any idea either of them was a Lesbian. I didn’t care enough to know. It really doesn’t matter to me. A few of the more masculine types in there elbowed me around the pool table and I began to get the idea I really wasn’t welcomed there, so I spent the rest of the night sprawled out on the hood of my car gazing at the starlit sky. But, a bunch of women in there were friends of mine. To this day, I have a beautiful painting hanging in my den [Greg Gutfeld has banned the use of the term “man cave”] that was a wedding gift from a now deceased gay friend. It never has mattered much to me. This is what I mean! That PC stuff gets to everyone. Even me. If you are against gay marriage, well damn, you must be an evil homophobe – a HATER. Well, no, you don’t actually. So, friends, just so you know what I mean … Clearly, I am against “Marriage Equality”. Yes, for religious reasons, partly, but for many others, as well, some of which I have articulated here on my blog. The image of 2 men having intercourse is not pretty, but anyway … I am NOT against gay people. We’re all people. And, when I meet someone, that’s all they are, a person. I like you or not based upon our interactions. Period. Would I say you are a HATER because you don’t like Catholicism? Civil Unions is as far as I’ll go. A real marriage, in my humble opinion, is between one man and one woman. Be happy, be gay. I don’t care. But a man calling another man “husband”; or a woman calling another woman “wife”? Hmmm … I don’t think the rest of us should necessarily be forced to accept such nonsense.- RF
And now, you either agree with me on some level or you don’t. So, please, if the latter, please refrain from calling me a hateful, homophobic, bigot … look in the mirror first.
And, with all that said – much more UNsaid – in our glorious governing document, the Constitution, it can not be found anywhere – it would seem to me – anything that might make this “union” illegal or unconstitutional. As a matter of secular course, it is live & let live. But no matter the law, freedom of religion IS a constitutional right. You can marry on to your little heart’s content, but on a religious level, it means nothing, and should not be forced upon a religious person or organization. Seems clear to me from what I posted above. I feel that is fair.
So, let’s all sing one together!
I Feel Pretty …
I feel pretty Oh so pretty I feel pretty and witty and gay And I pity Any girl who isn’t me today I feel charming Oh so charming It’s alarming how charming I feel And so pretty That I hardly can believe I’m real See the pretty girl in that mirror there? Who can that attractive girl be? Such a pretty face Such a pretty dress Such a pretty smile Such a pretty me! I feel stunning And entrancing Feel like running And dancing for joy For I’m loved By a pretty wonderful boy. Have you met my good friend Maria The craziest girl on the block? You’ll know her the minute you see her She’s the one who is in an advanced state of shock She thinks she’s in love She thinks she’s in Spain She isn’t in love She’s merely insane It must be the heat Or some rare disease Or too much to eat Or maybe it’s fleas Keep away from her Send for Chino This is not the Maria we know Modest and pure Polite and refined Well-bred and mature And out of her mind! Miss America, Miss America, speech!
I feel pretty Oh so pretty That the city should give me its key A committee Should be organized to honor me(la la la la la la la la) I feel dizzy I feel sunny I feel fizzy and funny and fine And so pretty Miss America can just resign (la la la la la la la la) See the pretty girl in that mirror there (What mirror, where?) Who can that attractive girl be? (Which, what, where?) Such a pretty face Such a pretty dress Such a pretty smile Such a pretty me! I feel stunning (I feel stunning) And entrancing (And entrancing) Feel like running and dancing for joy (Feel like running and dancing for joy) For I’m loved By a pretty wonderful boy
… from Westside Story