How should I vote on the MN Marriage Amendment?


#1

So as you may know, gay marriage is not recognized in Minnesota.

However, in the fall election, there will be a question on the ballot asking if I want to go further and make a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

I’m not sure why government/secular marriage needs to reflect the values of Catholic marriage (In many ways, it already doesn’t). I really want to suppor the Church on this, but right now Im more on the fence.

Today, I read this post from a Facebook friend:

" I could hide this from my church and my priests, but I won’t. I’m a devout Catholic. I serve my church with diligence and faithfulness. I will never ever leave my church, leave my faith, because I can’t, because I believe in the sacraments of my Lord, his grace through his mother, and the Saints. I will be voting AGAINST this marriage amendment, as a matter of law. Period. State marriage has never approximated Catholic marriage, and I see no reason why it should, because they are simply not the same. So bring the crucible. I don’t care."

I probably won’t vote against the marriage amendment, but I am sympathetic, as a fellow Catholic and fellow American, to his stance.


#2

It’s quite a simple matter. Jesus commands us to love with divine love. That is to will the good of another. Thus, the good is a vote for marriage as God created.


#3

When the law and the government is involved, saying “Jesus said this” is not sufficient justification.


#4

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When the law and the government is involved, saying "Jesus said this" is not sufficient justification.

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For a Christian understanding, "Jesus said this" informs the conscience. It's how you vote. And why.


#5

That is why the law and government are based on votes. “Jesus said this” is sufficient justification for the individual Christian voters.


#6

Gay relationship can be "civil union", but cannot be called "marriage". Marriage is between a man and a woman. That is God's law, and natural law. Gay "marriage" should be banned. Marriage is a Sacrament in Catholic Church and cannot be "redefined" by any human being.


#7

Information from the Bishops on this topic can be found here and here

Thread closed, not a news article.


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