“Same Sex Marriage”
By +Oscar V. Cruz, JCD
WHAT do people say about marriage? What does the 1988 Family Code of the Philippines state about marriage? What does the 1986 Constitution of the Philippines provide about marriage? What does the Church in the Philippines teach about marriage? What does the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines declare about marriage? What does the Catholic Church in the world proclaim about marriage? What does the Pope himself affirm about marriage?
Strictly speaking, it does not matter! It is not important! It is not necessary! Reason: Natural law – the nature of realities, the objective substance of things, the essence of earthly matters – has already specifically and clearly defined, established and affirmed what is marriage. No Church and no Pope, no government and no president, no people of any race, color, and creed can really change it. Why? Ground realities as categorically and concretely determined by nothing less than the Law of Nature are beyond denial or contradiction by any contrary human opinion, by any opposite human authority or legislation. Therefore: To think and affirm, to promote and proclaim that marriage is between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman – this is an excellent example of an exercise in futility.
So it is that the Church through all the ages as well as all over the globe professes and declares that marriage is between a man and a woman. She has no choice. This is why the Pope himself teaches and affirms that marriage is between a man and a woman. He has no alternative. This is why the Church in the Philippines and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines maintain and insist that marriage is between a man and a woman. They have no option. To even think, much more to assert and insist that marriage is not so – this can be done but is does not in any way change the nature or essence of marriage.
Homosexuals are human persons with their intrinsic human dignity that should be respected by people of all races, colors, and creeds. And in the event that a man and another man or a woman and another woman want to live together, this they do at their own personal accountability. Such togetherness can be called a “Partnership,” a “Venture,” a “Contract,” an “Agreement” or whatever – but marriage it is not! It takes more but mere human preference to alter the Law of Nature.
So it is that the Philippine Constitution provides that it does not only recognize “family life” and shall also “equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn” (State Policy: 12). This does not apply to “Same Sex Marriage.”
So it is that the Family Code of the Philippines states that marriage is “between a man and a woman” (Art. 1). This does not apply to “Same Sex Marriage.”
So it is that the Code of Law of the Church stipulates that marriage is between “a man and a woman” (Canon 1955). This does not apple to “Same Sex Marriage.”