Wednesday, June 26, 2013

After the Death of DOMA

The death of the Defense of Marriage Act is the death of religious liberty.  All faithful Catholics and Christians, Muslims and Jews, who believe that homosexual behavior is fundamentally sinful, and that homosexual inclinations are akin to other evil temptations, are now incapacitated by law from prohibiting same-sex couples from seeking to 'bless' a 'marriage' in their churches.  Here is the blood-money quote from the decision:

“DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.”

When liberals talk about singling "out a class of persons"  for enhancing "their own liberty,"  what they really mean is that if you disagree with them you are headed to the concentration camp.   The "Patient Protection and Affordability Act"  actually protects no patient, but does create more IRS agents, and "Affordability" can be defined as an average increase in premiums of about 20% per person.  I only mention this in case you are one of the low-information voters, or elected representatives, who haven't been reading the laws passed by Congress in the last 5 years, and therefore haven't understood the linguistic trend to turn the English language into a hot-yoga class.

But I digress.  Here is a simple hypothetical situation to assist you in understanding what the impact of this 5-4 (!) vote will be at your local parish:

Mary Fran is a 65 year-old grandma.  Her divorce in 1974 left her free to pursue her ambition to learn liturgical dance at the local Jesuit/Sacred Heart combined university.  Her daughter, Chastity, never married,  but does have three children who have never known their fathers any more than Chastity did when she picked them up at the local rave nightclub. 

Mary Fran has been working as Liturgical Minister for her Pastor, Father Lupusinoves, at Saint Edward Parish in Snowden.  She is delighted to hear from Chastity that her grandchild, Pat is engaged to Chris.  She asks Fr. Lupusinoves if the young love-birds can be married at St. Edward after measuring the length of the main aisle for the proper ratio between the walk up to the front and the dress already purchased by Pat for the big day. 

Having appreciated Mary Fran's incredible choreography for many years, particularly the nymph-dance and bacchanalia for the last Good Friday service, Father signs the papers without a second thought.  An appointment is made for Father to  meet with Pat and Chris and take care of the marriage instruction, but Father can't work it in until 2 months before the wedding, so he trusts Mary Fran with passing on the paperwork and helping her grandchild and fiance with the basics of marriage prep. 

Reports come back to Father that everything is progressing wonderfully.  The parish hall is booked.  Caterers and decorators are hired.  Dresses and Tuxes are purchased or rented, flowers are on special order.  Every material aspect of the wedding is planned, and non-refundable deposits are paid, well before Father meets the couple.

As you probably guessed. Pat and Chris are two women.  Or two men.  Mary Fran has followed the logical path of what she has taught during her time as Liturgical Minister.  Father Lupusinoves might or might not get a reprimand from his bishop if he goes through with this.  The one certainty is that he if doesn't honor the contract he signed, he will face a major lawsuit from Pat and Chris.

If people of faith do not want this to happen in their parishes, civil/legal marriages will have to be separate from the sacrament of marriage.  Ironically, that is at the core of what Mary Fran has believed since her divorce in the 70's.  The Mary Fran's of the world have convinced themselves that the sacrament of marriage was invalid, personally and globally.  She passed this belief on to Chastity who never even bothered with it. 

And now the third generation not only disregards the sanctity of marriage, but mocks it.
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