Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

'Gay marriage' should not be legal tender

THE well-being of the individual and of human society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.

The supreme gift of marriage is another human person, a child, who is not owed to, or owned by, anyone.

From the moment of conception, a child has rights: the right to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents; the right to the ongoing love and support of his mother and father.

Polygamy, homosexuality and so-called 'free unions' are all contrary to moral law and offend against the dignity and worth of marriage.

They also weaken the sense of lifelong fidelity and undermine the very idea of family.

Politicians supporting 'gay marriage', perversely, act against their own job description, which is to promote the common good of society.

By introducing a false definition of marriage they devalue the true worth of family life – a position as daft as bank managers accepting forged banknotes as being of equal value to their bank's own legal tender.

BRIAN ROONEY

Downpatrick

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