Jul 1, 2008
Recently, the Supreme Court in the state of California ruled that same sex unions can not only be given the same status as marriages in that state but also can be considered "marriages" under the law. This decision by the court leaves the people of California with a big problem to solve that has many constitutional, social and moral implications. These implications reach beyond the state line. At the very least, this court ruling provides an opportunity for all of us to think and speak more clearly about just what really constitutes "marriage." Because this is an election year, questions about marriage may well be part of the debate. Our own clear thought and speech can enrich this discussion for all.
One reason why so many of us find the California Supreme Court decision to be offensive and wrong is that it attempts to close off the discussion about a matter that has huge implications for our society. It is a matter that is not settled in the public mind, and it is so fundamental that it deserves a thorough discussion, in order that we can all come to a clearer sense of what is right and good.