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Do you want to get married?
Wednesday 20 April @ 05:14:39
Jack Baker cautions
by Jack Baker
This Commitment Covenant is essentially a church vow. It is not different from the pacts that were blessed by the early Catholic Church. John Boswell, in his book “The Marriage of Likeness: Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe” (1994), found long-forgotten liturgies for same-sex unions in the Vatican Library. They included similar documents. The Catholic Church now denies that it ever blessed same-sex love, but the facts speak for themselves.
shifted its marketing strategies, the Catholic Church now condemns same-sex
love with pious hypocrisy. Recently, for example, it has spent hundreds of millions
of dollars in hush money to cover up its role in the sexual abuse of children.
Bishops admit to helping priests satisfy their burning lust for sex with boys.
Moving pervert priests from parish to parish provides them with an endless supply
of young male virgins.
Sexual perversion is not its only sin. The Catholic Church has a history of
burning people alive as a form of public entertainment. Now claiming to be “pro-life,”
militant Catholics demand special privileges for their church. They insist that
the civil law recognize love and marriage, but only as defined by their church.
They are dead serious.
The national conversation, now in progress, asks a simple question: Who gets
to define the right to marry? My view is that the right to love is a birthright,
and the state may not limit one’s choice of person to marry based solely
on a religious dogma. In that debate, church vows are a distraction. That’s
why I have several objections to this particular Commitment Covenant. I’ll
stop at 10.
Its very existence implies that same-sex love is inferior.
It gives a false sense of security. In Minnesota, the legislature has specifically
told the courts to ignore all such documents.
The requirements for a will are very specific. More than likely, this document
would not qualify. Even if it did, there isn’t enough detail to resolve
all of the problems that surface during probate.
This document does not qualify as a “durable” power of attorney,
the type needed to resolve critical questions about medical care. When, for
example, does the plug get pulled if you are in a persistent vegetative state?
will not accept this document as a proper authorization for dispensing funds
from your account.
It attempts to put both a will and a power of attorney in one document. That’s
a bad idea, because you’ll be giving banking information to doctors and
medical information to bankers.
This document would not change one’s tax status under state law. In Minnesota,
same-sex couples are nothing more than roommates.
This document would not change one’s tax status under federal law. Congress
has specifically told all federal bureaucrats to ignore all relationships between
persons of the same sex.
This document would not change the status of adopted children. Since the federal
government refuses to recognize same-sex couples, adopted children will be denied
benefits under federal programs for “families.”
Separate and unequal is NOT the American Way. Why should same-sex couples be
required to create this and other legal documents that, in the end, leave them
sitting in the back of the bus?
If marriage is an institution for the raising of children, why do childless
couples enjoy the benefits of marriage? A childless couple is a childless couple.
The law may not play favorites.
politicians attract media coverage when they taunt militant Catholics. I see
that focus as misdirected. In the end, it accomplishes nothing. Instead, gay
lawyers should march proudly into the federal courts and persist until the court
of last resort recognizes our birthright as fully equal to all other citizens.
Who can stop an army of lovers united?
Our birthright of equal treatment under law is guaranteed by the federal constitution.
In the U.S. District Court, only one vote is needed. Two votes in the court
of appeals are a majority, while five votes determine the outcome in the U.S.
Supreme Court. Militant Catholics are obsessed with same-sex marriage because
they know that five justices are inclined to uphold it. That window of opportunity
will not remain open forever; we must not squander it by pursuing anything that
is “almost equal.” ||
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