…that I have read in the whole debate.
The ABC Religion and Ethics webpage – a truly terrific forum for the discussion of both religious and ethical issues for which the ABC deserves our congratulations and thanks – has published an article from Catholic Voices in Britain, which articulates several key points:
1) Although the opposition to “same-sex marriage” has been almost entirely from religious communities, in raising their objections, religious communities are serving the common, public good, not their own interest
2) That, despite the temptation to do otherwise, when we engage in the debate we should focus on the true nature of marriage, rather than on issues of sexual morality or homosexuality.
3) That we should recognise and expose the conviction held by influential sectors of our Western society that religious communities and individuals should be excluded from debate in the public square precisely because they ARE religious.
I do highly recommend reading this reflective essay, and even more highly recommend the briefing paper which Catholic Voices has produced, including survey results that support the thesis that, in speaking up for the protection of conjugal marriage, the Church is speaking for the silent majority in our society today.