Gay Marriage and the Catholic Church Essay

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Gay Marriage and the Catholic Church “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” –Harvey Milk Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, once advocated for peace, change and acceptance of his people. Just recently a law was passed in Maryland that allows same-sex couples the right to a civil marriage in the state. Now this issue has brought about much debate in Maryland as well as the United States, and the Catholic Church which stands in great opposition to allowing same-sex marriage. The overwhelming influences is forcing the law to go to a vote in November in which the fate of this law which be ultimately decided. In light of those influences, as a Catholic, it is important to explore the moral issue in question here which is: is Homosexual marriage immoral, therefore cannot be allowed or condoned by the Catholic Church? There are two stances for this moral issue. One stance sides firmly with the Church that same sex marriage, under no circumstance can be allowed. The other stance sides with the idea that same-sex marriage, given our modern context and knowledge, is acceptable and should be allowed by the Catholic Church. The questions surrounding this issue are plentiful, but for this particular examination, only the most relevant and conscience nine will be used. They are as follows: 1. Is Homosexuality immoral? 2. What distinguishes homosexual orientation and homosexual acts? 3. What is the teaching of the Church against homosexuality/homosexual acts? 4. Can this tradition be fallible? 5. If homosexuals cannot marry in the eyes of the Church, why can gay priests be married to God? It’s important to note that this idea relates to a notion that priests marry or are devoted to God, which can be used as an argument

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