I don’t have a cemented view on same-sex marriage as yet. It’s something I often think about and am very open to both sides of the argument. Depending on your definition of marriage, I understand and respect you may have strong views either way.
With recent movements towards legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia the Catholic Bishop has spoken against it, staying with the same anti-gay marriage views the Church has had forever.
The title of this article from the ABC is:
“Catholic bishop warns marriage equality could see children of gay couples become ‘next Stolen Generation'”
First impressions: that’s rather dramatic… “next Stolen Generation.”
One argument of the Bishop struck me as particular weak and odd – almost as though he was looking for any excuse to oppose gay marriage.
A Catholic bishop has issued a warning about legalising same-sex marriage, saying children of gay couples will see themselves as another Stolen Generation because they have been denied a mother and a father.
My issue here is… What about all of the children who end up with only one parent, due to divorce? They clearly aren’t any better off only living with a single parent, whether that be mum or dad. Divorce is all too common in todays society - an unfortunate truth - but it brings me back to the point I wanted to make… Surely it’s healthier for a child to grow up in a household with two loving parents of the same sex than only a single parent. Gay parents would be far less common than a divorced straight couple, and yet the Catholic Bishop has decided to say one of the major negative impacts of gay-marrige would be the lack of a male - or female - figure in the life of their children. It’s no different and no worse than being brought up with divorced parents, and I’m convinced of that. Sure, the child of a divorced couple may see the other parent every other odd weekend but it raises the question of how much of an impact that “other” parent really has on the upbringing of the child. Bishop, if you’re going to speak out against gay marriage, at least ensure you have some half decent arguments to back yourself up because I think the comparison to “the stolen generation” is a cheap shot made purely to get the pressure off your back.
This post is just some quick quick and rough thoughts on what the Catholic Bishop said today. Apologies if it isn’t particularly well written, it’s late and I’m tired but I wanted to get it off my chest before I sleep.