The plebiscite on same sex marriage
Fr Frank Brennan SJ is professor of law at Australian Catholic University. He wrote this before Labor had decided to oppose the plebiscite. It canvasses some important ideas even though it now seems his fears of this issue dragging on to the next parliament seem to have come to pass.
Now that the 2016 federal election is done and dusted, we need to consider what is a responsible, informed position to take on the proposed plebiscite on same sex marriage.
I uphold and continue to proclaim the Catholic Church’s teaching on sacramental marriage. To quote the Catechism for convenience: ‘The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament.’