Research needed on civil laws

Catholic Courier    |    05.04.2004


To the editor:
 
The controversy concerning marital rights for the gay community concerns people not only because of individual religious beliefs or faith in the teachings of the Bible but also because of natural law, which is determined by human reason. In marriage a man and woman are able to unite physically as their bodies were designed to fit uniquely together. They also have the awesome power to participate in creation by this physical union. People of the same sex cannot do this. They might be able to write personal contracts that give specific rights to their partners, but this agreement would also need a new name.
 
The civil rights laws regarding marriage might need to be more clearly defined and their purposes stated. Research into these laws could certainly increase understanding on both sides of this issue.
 
Janet Schwan
Still Moon Crescent
Rochester

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