Orlando, Fla., Jul 1, 2008 / 04:27 am
In a Sunday newspaper commentary Thomas Wenski, the Bishop of Orlando, Florida decried the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a ban on same sex marriage, saying the act of “raw judicial activism” reminds us that “society’s culture wars are far from over.”
Writing in the Ocala Star Banner, Bishop Wenski said advocates of homosexual marriage erroneously label their opponents as intolerant bigots. “To defend marriage as a monogamous union between one man and one woman is not bigotry,” Bishop Wenski wrote. “Nor are the efforts of those who seek to enshrine in state or federal constitutions the ‘traditional’ understanding of marriage intolerant.”
Bishop Wenski also addressed those who tolerate homosexual acts they believe are immoral and sinful as long as they are kept private. These people, he said, “do not invoke the coercive power of the state” to change homosexuals but instead “they might invite the person who experiences same-sex attractions to conversion and, in place of behavior viewed as sinful, propose chastity.”
The bishop accused proponents of same-sex marriage of “imposing their views and lifestyle on the larger populace” by redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. “Once legal the state's coercive power will punish those who refuse to embrace gay marriages,” Bishop Wenski warned.