Manila, Philippines – ON 2 June 2012, I walked down the aisle my youngest daughter Geraldine who married her childhood sweetheart at San Agustin Church after 23 years of friendship. She decided to give up her career in New York City. In her speech she said that she has been praying for her vocation and that Atty. Jose Roderick Fernando was her “answered prayer.“ It was the first marriage in my family which made it more special.
In reckoning, marriage is a special bond between two loving individuals who consent to bind themselves together. It is protected by law and is an important institution in society. Sadly, these days, marriage as an institution is under attack by supporters of same-sex marriage.
Even US President Barack Obama, in a last-ditch effort to save his political career, made gay marriage his campaign issue by throwing his support to gay marriage last month to distance himself from Republican Mick Romney. In the Philippines, there were moves to introduce it in Congress. Media reported that some celebrities such as Leah Salonga, who was a strong adherent of the R.H.Bill, supported gay marriage. The pronouncement of Ms. Salonga may have been jaw-dropping to many, however, for those who hold on to moral relativism, her support of samesex marriages, divorce, and condom use is the right thing to do.
I beg to differ with adherents of gay marriage. Despite my own advocacy for human rights, I don’t agree that same-sex marriage is about human rights. Marriage is a divine institution between a man and a woman. No debate about that gay marriage is a square peg in a round hole based on natural and divine law.
According to Michael Cook of Mercator.net, a study by the American College of Pediatricians revealed that 30 years of research confirms that children who are raised by loving low conflict heterosexual marriage “navigate developmental stages more easily, are more solid in their gender identity, perform better academically, have fewer emotional disorders, and become better functioning adults when reared within their natural family.” Cook also warned about the exploited women in third world countries who provide services as surrogate mothers to gay couples.
A careful reflection on the adverse impacts of same-sex marriage will give us an idea on the harm it could inﬂict on children and society.