One of the things that came out in the debate over same-sex marriage in Delaware was the lack of civility. Of course, one of the problems with this accusation comes from the reality that the debate has not been based on anything approaching cold logic. In fact, the discourse has often been heated because of those who are opposed to marriage equality never bother to base their arguments upon facts. Instead, they often resort to vilification and deception in order to push their agenda.
Take, for instance, this rather polite-seeming document from the Roman Catholic Church:
In there, they write:
For the first time in our nation’s history, the Supreme Court is considering two cases about whether or not marriage should be redefined to include two persons of the same sex. These cases involve the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, both of which define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The Court is expected to rule on both cases by the end of June. A broad negative ruling could redefine marriage in the law throughout the entire country, becoming the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined with many other organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold both DOMA and Proposition 8 and thereby to recognize the essential, irreplaceable contribution that husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, make to society, and especially to children.
Except that this is not true. In fact, it is a grouping of misinformation presented as fact which the USCCB is desperate to push as part of their talking points. For instance, the information that we have shows that children thrive best in a stable household with two ore more individuals without regards to sexes of their parents. Of course, we would have known this if we looked at history.
What is more, historical information shows that it was not until into the 12th Century that the idea of marriage being between one man and one woman was firmly set into Catholic Doctrine despite claims that it has been the nature of marriage since the days of Adam and Eve. In fact, marriages between same-sex couples were quite common throughout the world until the spread of Christianity and Islam.
Now, understand that the definition of marriage is not what it use to be. These unions typically had few, if any, actual rights even for opposite sex couples. For the most part, the only marriages that mattered were those that were entered into by the wealthy. The poor may have gotten a quick blessing by their parish priest, but they pretty much did not have any legal standing. Though, people were subject to Church law if they broke their marital vows.
The Catholic Church is actually fighting against a return to the way human societies were prior to the rise of the Catholic Church and Christianity. This is not about redefining marriage, but helping to return it to what it once was.