Lynx said:The point of the church is strange indeed. The pope says that we should respect homosexuals and not discriminate against them, but at the same time he voices his concern about gay marriages and gayness in general. It's like the church says "You are a very bad person, but we don't damn you to hell for it."
I`m interested in which way gay marriages would actually hurt or weaken the institution of marriage and family or lead to the other than hurting the worldview of several people? If I was married, it wouldn't hurt me one bit if they would be made legal. Could you enlighten me please?
The position of the Church is that homosexual acts are just like any other mortal sin - if you know it is a mortal sin, and you do it, you're going to hell by your own choice. If you have homosexual inclinations, then you are called to live a life of chastity - those inclinations are not sins in themselves. And of course people with those inclinations deserve the same respect that any other person does.
The argument the Church makes is that the purpose of marriage is to serve as the basis of family, for bringing children into the world and teaching them what they need to know to live as good and productive members of society. This is not possible for homosexual couples, because they cannot bring forth new children. Furthermore, since each child has the natural right to a mother and a father, an adoptive situation would violate that child's rights. Therefore, homosexual unions do not contribute in any way to the present or future good of society. Consequently, they should not be given legal status.