What It’s About
Fr. John Kiley offers a clarification of purpose on the marriage issue:
What must be maintained at this time, however, is that Christians and other persons of good will have as their primary focus the defense of marriage. As peripheral to Christianity as same-sex activities are, it is not primarily a struggle against homosexuality that must occupy the believer; it is rather a personal re-examination and eager defense of the true meaning of marriage with its emphasis on an enduring union of one man and one woman open to children. It is marriage that Christians and others are protecting. It is not homosexuals that Christians are victimizing. Believers must not be intimidated by those who twist love for marriage into hatred for gays. Homosexuals are not the issue; marriage is.
It is in no way a perpetuation of bigotry to resist radical changes to principles this longstanding:
A stone-age burial in central Germany has yielded the earliest evidence of people living together as a family.
The 4,600-year-old grave contained the remains of a man, woman and two youngsters, and DNA analysis shows they were a mother, father and their children.
People may form relationships as they desire, and circumstances sometimes eliminate the ideal, but that does not mean that we can’t uphold the ideal as a practice and as a model.