2009-11-08 03:59:28 UTC
Requiring heterosexuality for marriage is not discriminatory, say bishops
Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 7, 2009 / 07:56 pm (CNA).- The executive
committee of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina has called on the National
Parliament to protect authentic marriage based on the union between one man
and one woman.
"To affirm heterosexuality as a requirement for marriage is not to
discriminate, but rather to start from an objective point that is its
presupposition. The contrary would be to ignore its essence, that is, that
which it is," the bishops said.
The heterosexuality of marriage is not a private matter or religious choice,
they stressed, "but a reality that has its roots in the very nature of the
human person, who is male and female."
The bishops recalled that this natural reality precedes positive law, and
for this reason it is the duty of lawmakers to legally protect marriage,
which is the foundation of the family. Both, they said, have been protected
from the very beginnings of humanity by civilized society.
The Argentinian bishops then affirmed that the diversity and reciprocity
between man and woman becomes even "the foundation for a healthy and
necessary sexual education."
"It would not be possible to educate boys or girls about sexuality without a
clear understanding of the sexual meaning or language of the body. These
aspects that refer to sexual diversity and to the beginnings of life were
always taken into consideration as a basis for legislation when defining the
essence and purpose of marriage," the bishops said.
For this reason, the bishops urged that marriage be protected as "a good of
humanity" and that sincere dialogue take place amidst "the difficult task of
legislating on these issues."