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Debating Same-Sex Marriage in Boulder

Monday night, at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Maggie Gallagher and Johnathan Rauch debated whether or not the government should recognize same-sex marriages. Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, and Rauch, senior writer for National Journal magazine, presented their arguments based on the concept of the purpose of marriage.

Believing marriage to be a “unique” relationship between a man and a woman, Gallagher  insisted that it is “wrong for the government to insist, through the use of law, that we all believe same-sex unions are marriages.”

Rauch, for his part, proclaimed that if society does not recognize same-sex unions then marriage will come to be defined as a “civil rights violation” for its exclusion of homosexuals. Marriage is now viewed as simply a “life-style” choice according to Rauch.

Gallagher’s closing remarks indicate her belief that if homosexual unions are viewed as viable and legal marriages then the “core understanding” of marriage will be forever changed, for us and more importantly, for our children.

Let us hope, pray, and work to ensure our Church’s teaching on marriage is not defiled by those who would define it as a “life-style” choice.

Boulder, Colo., Jan 26, 2010 / 09:10 pm (CNA).- A crowd of hundreds heard two leaders in the debate over government recognition of same-sex “marriage” defend their positions Monday evening in a crowded lecture hall at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The event, sponsored by the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, drew an audience generally supportive of the redefinition of marriage.

The debaters were Maggie Gallagher, an author, social commentator and the president of the National Organization for Marriage; and Jonathan Rauch, a senior writer for National Journal magazine and an author of several books on public policy, culture and economics.

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