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The case against ‘same-sex marriage’

Members of Sydney's gay community react as they celebrate Nov. 15. After a majority of Australians indicated they favored same-sex marriage, Australia's bishops said legislators must ensure that any new law on marriage include protection for religious freedom. (CNS photo/Steven Saphore, Reuters) See AUSTRALIA-MARRIAGE-BISHOPS Nov. 15, 2017.

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The belief that marriage is a keystone of a nation’s social order is founded on the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  As the Catholic bishops of Australia pointed out in their 2015 pamphlet, Don’t Mess with Marriage, traditional marriage is not merely about intimate association but is “a comprehensive union between a man and a woman grounded on heterosexual union”.

A union “grounded on a total commitment: bodily and spiritual, sexual and reproductive, permanent and exclusive”…; a union “centred around and ordered not only to the well-being of the spouses but also towards the generation and well-being of children”.  This is so even if no children result from the union.

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