Marriage precedes the Church (and the state)

However, this does not mean that the Churches should be silent, for the proposal to change marriage as an institution will affect every marriage. The Government profoundly misunderstands marriage when it speaks of it as having two separate realities, civil and religious. In fact there is only one institution of marriage, a social institution rooted in the union of a man and a woman, which both Church and state recognise and regulate, providing access to it through religious and civil ceremonies. Marriage has not been created by either Church or state, and neither has the right to redefine it.

Quote source

Catholic Voices (2012). In Defence of Conjugality: The Common-Good Case Against Same-Sex Marriage. Available Last accessed 11th Jul 2015.


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