The Right to Redefine Marriage?

04/02/2013 Comments (146)

The main argument proposed by those seeking to redefine marriage so that same-sex couples can be legally declared married is that homosexual persons are being unjustly denied a fundamental right. Everyone has a fundamental right to marry — the argument goes — but homosexuals are denied this right.

But this argument simply begs the question; it presupposes a particular — and false — answer to the question: What is marriage? A right to marry does not give people the right to compel everyone else to treat an entirely different kind of relationship they might have as if it were marriage.

The state does not create marriage, but should recognize and promote it. Prior to any pronouncement by...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, morality, natural law, redefinition of marriage

About Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee
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Patrick Lee, Ph.D., is the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer professor of bioethics and director of the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.