Reading the guest commentary from the good doctor Larry Donohue, regarding Referendum 74, I have to disagree. (Wednesday, “Don’t try to legislate church’s moral positions.”)
I am a convert to the Catholic faith at 19 years of age and my wife is a “cradle” Catholic. It has been my observation that some Catholics, regularly attending church — or occasional — seem to want to form the church around their personal circumstances or beliefs rather than what the church teaches.
We have the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” which gives us guidance in all areas in living our lives as Catholics. Article 7, paragraph 1601 of the catechism speaks to the matrimonial covenant between a man and a woman.
I’m concerned about this kind of scenario if this law is enacted: A person baptized in the Catholic Church later identifies themselves as a homosexual, and wants to get married in the church. The church refuses because of our beliefs. A civil lawsuit could be filed citing discrimination, or the government could charge it as a hate crime.
We already see legal action taken against stores or individuals that refuse to sell or perform actions that they are morally against. Currently homosexuals have the same civil rights of married couples and some churches will perform a same-sex marriage ceremony, making this law unnecessary. This is why we are circulating referendum forms and gathering signatures. I believe it should be on the ballot so the voters of this state can determine this issue.