Is marriage a human right, which ought not to be denied to any two people? The question is raised with great passion and zeal these days by homosexuals, who claim that this right of theirs is being denied for no reason beyond mere prejudice. As full human rights were once denied to slaves and then to descendants of slaves, as rights were once denied to women, now homosexuals are the targets of this injustice.
What a difference faith makes, in the laws of a nation! And how far has America fallen into moral confusion! Popular acceptance of individual subjective moral standards in place of a universal and objective and binding moral law are breaking apart the moral compass of our country. Many people can no longer see any reason why marriage ought to be between one man and one woman – so why not move the line a bit to allow homosexuals to marry?
Marriage has a meaning. Marriage is not merely a civil arrangement, or a legal agreement. Marriage is certainly not an accidental or arbitrary social construct that can be freely redefined at will. Marriage is already defined, and it is not subject to reinterpretation. Marriage is a covenant created by God having a meaning and a message for all of humanity from its origin in the Garden until the Last Day when the Lord comes. In marriage, a man and a woman enter a unique human expression of the Triune God in whose image they were created. In marriage, the divine image is proclaimed to all the world, beginning with the children normatively intended in their marriage but extending out to all of society, to all the world. God is love, and love is intrinsically fruitful. The truth of marriage is discovered in the truth of being human – and this is revealed finally in God.
No wonder then that as America drifts further and further from God, she becomes more and more dehumanized, barbaric, crude, insensitive, brutal, loud, superficial, and lost. Man foolishly tries to believe that he can make something right because he wants it to be right, that he can make something true because he wants it to be true. This is only idolatry, after all. For all his supposed sophistication, man is merely repeating the foolishness of past millennia: he creates a god to suit himself, and thus destroys his own soul. Truth is truth, like it or not. Truth remains, though every man deny it.
God the Holy Trinity revealed love to man on the Cross. Love gives all for the beloved. Love empties himself, he gives without limit, he gives to the death – and in this fullness of self-donation, the result is life. Love is fruitful; love is the bush that burns but is not consumed; love is undying by its nature. Love, the fullness of self-gift, ends not in death but life – this is the testimony of marriage, and sacred conjugal love: it is not, by its very nature, sterile. No, just the opposite. Love is fruitful, a conjugal communion that is not consumed but is fruitful. In this testimony, the innate sterility of homosexual union is unmasked as the fraud that it is. Such a counterfeit cannot be rightly called by the same name as that which God gave to us, the prophetic sacrament bearing witness to the inner life of God. God set His signature on marriage: the word of life. It is not for man to make it other.