[quote="Charlotte1776, post:14, topic:224005"]
By attending the ceremony, you are publicly giving your consent to their false union.
I have read that many feel that attendance is showing approval or consent. No one is asking for approval and they do not need your consent. Attendance may only show that you love and support the people involved, even though you do not agree with their choices.
I have attended weddings outside of the church. I have attended the second or even the third weddings of relatives and friends. I attended due to my love of those involved. I still wish them happiness. If the Pope or the president attends an event or ceremony it makes a statement. I am not that important.
Regarding the Vatican statement:
One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application.
The term "material cooperation" needs to be understood. According to the legal online dictionary:
Material: Important; affecting the merits of a case; causing a particular course of action; significant; substantial.
From my understanding, attendance in the audience is not a significant or substantial part of the ceremony. Again, I am not that important. :shrug: