The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize the marriage of persons of the same sex. Webster’s Dictionary will have to be updated so it no longer defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Webster’s reports the common usage of words and has been authority for definitions.
Now, all words are up for change based upon the whims of those who want them to mean something different.
The Supreme Court is leading us down an uncertain road toward an undefined destination. Since the definition of marriage is now officially changed, what will be the next change? If a man wants two wives for his happiness, aren’t the government, the church, and society violating his right to happiness? Of course there can be many other combinations to consider that will use the same argument that the Gay Movement used to promote same sex marriage.
If animals are granted personhood, presuming personhood is a requirement for marriage, doesn’t the state have to recognize those unions as a right? My dog, Gabby, has a personality and intelligence. Cats have character and preferences. Where does the definition stop? Will bigamy, polygamy, and incest become legal? Why not, they can argue about their rights to happiness and discrimination they experience because they want to practice what is a cherished belief of theirs.
The separation of church and state is part of the issue that will yet have to be clarified. Where does freedom of religion and belief end? At what point will the state tell us what we can preach, teach, believe, and practice as part of our faith?
I would not be surprised to see the church, Catholic and otherwise, get out of the marriage business. Priests, deacons, ministers would no longer seek licenses from the state to perform marriages. Christians would get married civilly first and then go to the church of their choice for a covenant marriage. We might call them “Sacramental” or “Christian” marriages.
In that context the church defines marriage as more than the state does. We also would not be acknowledging their definition of marriage or demands that we married whoever wants to be married or be considered as prejudiced.
What is most troubling is how many Christian concepts are being redefined by a growing secular society.
Father Patrick Toner is pastor at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 140 West Ave., Plain City. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-873-8850.