Not The Greatest Argument

The Catholic Church – or at least one Father Montgomery – is apparently arguing that because marriage, as a concept, pre-dates the British state, the British state can’t therefore have the right to alter the concept to accommodate same-sex unions (it did, incidentally, and they’re legally recognised from today).

It’s not the greatest argument, though, since marriage, as a concept, vastly pre-dates the Catholic Church, too.  Or does the good Father think that pre-Christian societies didn’t have a concept of marriage?  For that matter, does he think that modern non-Christian communities don’t have a concept of marriage?

They do, whether the state acknowledges them or not.

His own argument would necessarily invalidate every specifically Christian element of marriage, and would certainly negate the implication that the Church has any right to claim marriage as its own, or to ‘defend’ it against those who seek to make it fairly available to all.

On the other hand, if we accept that marriage is based on the desire of people to commit to each other in a long-term, loving relationship, then we could easily accept a concept of marriage that serves all society’s needs, and that creates unions based on love, equality and mutual respect.  Marriages are made in the loving hearts and souls of human beings – and that, I think, regardless of the particulars of who and how many are involved, is what makes the sort of marriage in which God would most likely be found.

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