Saturday, May 17, 2008

UPDATE: The Separation of Church and State: Why We Should Allow Gay Marriage

The Pope made an announcement the day after the Californian decision to make gay marriage legal was passed down. With no mention of the decision made in the sunny state, Pope Benedict reiterated that the Catholic Church does not condone gay unions.

He said:

"The union of love, based on matrimony between a man and a woman, which makes up the family, represents a good for all society that can not be substituted by, confused with, or compared to other types of unions"

The Pope and George W. Bush are apparently on the same page, as Bush opposed gay marriage as well. I think the Californian decision is the right decision. It is a step towards widening the gap between church and state (as I have stated previously). This is a good thing. As politics becomes more secular, people will become more tolerant of others.

The Popes announcement comes as no surprise to me, as he wants to keep a firm grasp on the Christian elements that pepper politics. What really frustrates me is that it is really no concern of the Catholic Church what a gay couple does. Since the gay couple would not be recognized by the church anyways, why are they fighting it so ardently?

People need to realize that homosexual relationships have been around since ancient Greek times. They have just been viewed as taboo because that is the way OUR culture has pegged them. When people open their eyes and see past their 'cultural programing' they will see this.