Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, on Friday blogged that tampering with the definition of marriage — by legalizing same-sex marriage — is “Orwellian social engineering” and perilous to us all.
According to Dolan, “History, Natural Law, the Bible … and just plain gumption tell us this is so. The definition of marriage is hardwired into our human reason.”
We are not anti anybody; we are pro-marriage. The definition of marriage is a given: it is a lifelong union of love and fidelity leading, please God, to children, between one man and one woman. […]
To uphold that traditional definition, to strengthen it, and to defend it is not a posture of bigotry or bullying. Nor is it a denial of the “right” of anybody. As the philosophers remind us, in a civilized, moral society, we have the right to do what we ought, not to do whatever we want. Not every desire is a right.
To tamper with that definition, or to engage in some Orwellian social engineering about the nature and purpose of marriage, is perilous to all of us. If the definition of marriage is continually being altered, could it not in the future be morphed again to include multiple spouses or even family members?
And there it is once again — the classic comparison of same-sex marriage to polygamy and incest.