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Same sex marriage

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Abp. Oscar. V. Cruz, DD

Views and Points

WHAT do people say about marriage? What does the 1988 Family Code of the Philippines state about
marriage? What does the 1986 Constitution of the Philippines provide about marriage? What does the
Church in the Philippines teach about marriage? What does the Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines declare about marriage? What does the Catholic Church in the world proclaim about
marriage? What does the Pope himself affirm about marriage?

Strictly speaking, it does not matter! It is not important! It is not necessary! Reason: Natural lawthe
nature of realities, the objective substance of things, the essence of earthly mattershas already
specifically and clearly defined, established and affirmed what is marriage. No Church and no Pope, no
government and no president, no people of any race, color, and creed can really change it. Why? Ground
realities as categorically and concretely determined by nothing less than the Law of Nature are beyond
denial or contradiction by any contrary human opinion, by any opposite human authority or legislation.
Therefore: To think and affirm, to promote and proclaim that marriage is between a man and a man or
between a woman and a womanthis is an excellent example of an exercise in futility.

So it is that the Church through all the ages as well as all over the globe professes and declares that
marriage is between a man and a woman. She has no choice. This is why the Pope himself teaches and
affirms that marriage is between a man and a woman. He has no alternative. This is why the Church in
the Philippines and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines maintain and insist that marriage
is between a man and a woman. They have no option. To even think, much more to assert and insist that
marriage is not sothis can be done but is does not in any way change the nature or essence of
marriage.

Homosexuals are human persons with their intrinsic human dignity that should be respected by people
of all races, colors, and creeds. And in the event that a man and another man or a woman and another
woman want to live together, this they do at their own personal accountability. Such togetherness can be
called a Partnership, a Venture, a Contract, an Agreement or whateverbut marriage it is not! It
takes more but mere human preference to alter the Law of Nature.

So it is that the Philippine Constitution provides that it does not only recognize family life and shall also
equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn (State Policy: 12). This does not apply
to Same Sex Marriage.
So it is that the Family Code of the Philippines states that marriage is between a man and a woman
(Art. 1). This does not apply to Same Sex Marriage.

So it is that the Code of Law of the Church stipulates that marriage is between a man and a woman
(Canon 1955). This does not apply to Same Sex Marriage.

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