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By Deacon Keith Fournier

5/25/2011 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

No connection between the defacing of the Cathedral and the vote supporting marriage as between a man and a woman has been suggested.

"Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself." The Minnesota State House of Representatives voted to allow the Minnesota Marriage Amendment to be placed on the Ballot and considered by the people of Minnesota. Homosexual Equivalency Activists lose.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church wrote in 2003, 'The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. '

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church wrote in 2003, "The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. "

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By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/25/2011 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Homosexual equivalency movement, gay activists, Minnesota Marriage amendment,


ST. PAUL, MN. (Catholic Online) - On Saturday May 21, 2011, the Minnesota State House of Representatives voted to allow the Minnesota Marriage Amendment to be placed on the Ballot and considered by the people of Minnesota. The text is quite simple, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota." The debate lasted for over six hours.

Homosexual equivalency activists gathered outside the chamber and shouted "Just Vote No" for much of the proceeding. Homosexual equivalency activists insist that all Americans recognize a legal equivalency between true marriages and cohabitating practicing homosexuals or face legal punitive consequences.

Their determination turned to anger and disappointment when the duly elected representatives of the people of Minnesota voted 70-62  to allow the amendment to be placed on the ballot. Then the chants  changed to "We've just begun to fight!" Two homosexual members of the legislature who opposed the right of the people to vote on the amendment, Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen Clark, addressed the crowd saying "We are going to roll out of this Capitol and we are going to roll across the plains and prairies of Minnesota and we are going to show Minnesota who we are!"

Supporters of the right of the people to vote for the amendment to protect marriage slipped out the side door where angry protestors greeted them with shouts of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" State Patrol officers had to stand at a rope line and restrain some of the homosexual equivalency activists. Rep. Steve Gottwalt, a faithful Catholic who is married with five children and was a strong supporter of the Amendment defending Marriage, was greeted with loud jeers and taunts. 

He reiterated that the measure "is not about hatred, it is not about discrimination or intolerance. I have faith we as Minnesotans can have a reasonable dialogue on this issue characterized by respect and decency and allow the people of Minnesota to decide."The executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference Jason Adkins expressed similar hopes, "We look forward to a respectful and civil conversation among Minnesotans about why the amendment should be adopted."

Cutting through the propaganda of the Human Rights Campaign and other homosexual equivalency activists busy spinning the vote, the words of the amendment speak for themselves: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?" If passed, Minnesota will join 31 States in protecting marriage - and the family and society founded upon it - through their State Constitution.

Government has long regulated marriage for the common good. For example, the ban on polygamy and age requirements were enforced in order to ensure that there was a mature decision at the basis of the Marriage contract. Heterosexual marriage, procreation, and the nurturing of children form the foundation for family and civil society.

The leaders of the homosexual equivalency movement are committed to a future where homosexual sexual practices are considered morally equivalent to the sexual expression of marital love between a man and a woman. They want to a future where the positive law of the nation will force us all to call to be a marriage what can never be a marriage - or face the police power of the State.

Marriage is not simply a "religious" construct.  The Natural Law reveals - and the cross cultural history of civilization affirms - that marriage is between a man and a woman, open to children and intended for life. Marriage is the foundation for the family which is the privileged place for the formation of virtue and character in children, our future citizens. The family is the first society, first economy, first school, first civilizing and mediating institution and first government.

In his apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Charity, Pope Benedict summarized the duty of the Catholic faithful when confronted with this assault on authentic marriage:  "Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself."

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church wrote in 2003, "The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose.

"No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives."

The Sunday following the vote the Twin Cities Pioneer Press ran a story by Mara Gottfried entitled "Possible Satanist graffiti investigated at Cathedral of St. Paul" :

"Graffiti was discovered on the Cathedral of St. Paul last weekend and police are investigating it as a possible hate crime. White-colored upside down crosses were spray painted on five of the six main doors on the Summit Avenue side, according to a police incident report. It happened between Friday night and Saturday morning.Police received an initial call about the incident Saturday and generated a police report Monday.

"It was dealt with immediately," Dennis McGrath, spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said today. "It's been removed. It could have been a prank, it could have been kids, it could have been somebody with an angry vendetta against the church.The investigation into whether the graffiti was a bias-motivated crime is because of the upside down crosses on the church and "what they have to come to symbolize in popular culture," said Sgt. Pete Crum, a St. Paul police spokesman. The upside down cross has come to signify Satanism or to be an anti-Christ symbol, according to websites."

No connection between the defacing of the Cathedral and the vote supporting marriage as between a man and a woman has been suggested.

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