Hawaii legalizes same-sex marriage, but state law doesn't change Natural Law
No law can change the God's Law.
The Hawaii state legislature has approved a bill that would legalize homosexual "marriage" in that state, making Hawaii the 15th state to do so. The governor is expected to sign the bill.
Obama, who resided in Hawaii as a child, praised the legislation.
"Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger," Obama said in a statement. "By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I've always been proud to have been born[sic] in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder."
Obama speaks for himself. A majority of Americans still oppose what advocates insist be called "gay marriage."
Despite the change in legal status, there are certain things government simply cannot do.
For example, there is no doubt that the couples covered by the legislation share every affection for one another. Although homosexual attraction is the result of a disordered sexual appetite, the feelings these individuals share are not insignificant. However, they are incapable of living the ends or goals of marriage.
Another thing laws can't alter is the true definition of marriage. A marriage is between one man and one woman, as it has been since the beginning as the Book of Genesis makes so clear.This truth concerning the nature of marriage has been affirmed for millennia and has become the foundation of the social order for good reason.
Humans may create for themselves whatever societies and cultures they wish, following practices they prefer-yet these choices do not change Natural Law, the very Law of God, inscribed upon every human heart and known to all by the exercise of reason.
This truth concerning the nature of marriage as between one man and one woman transcends cultures and has been accepted for centuries.
When the bill is subsequently signed into law, it may afford homosexual couples the legal right to claim they are married in the positive law of the State - and to be recognized by the state as a married couple under that positive law.
Before God however, that is another matter entirely. One cannot change the very structure of reality or change the truth concerning the nature of the human person or the foundation of a truly human and humane social order.
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