Vatican Vows To Defend The ‘Privileged Recognition’ Of Opposite-Sex Marriage

Father Federico Lombardi

Responding to marriage equality advances in the United States, Spain, and France, the Vatican has released a scathing editorial against marriage equality. In it, Father Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Vatican, demands that marriage be reserved as a “privilege” for opposite-sex couples, lest polygamy be further down the slippery slope. Here are some excerpts from the editorial:

It is therefore clear that in western countries there is a widespread tendency to modify the classic vision of marriage between a man and woman, or rather to try to give it up, erasing its specific and privileged legal recognition compared to other forms of union. […]

It is nothing new. This we had already realised. Nevertheless, the matter does not cease to amaze: Because we should be asking if this really corresponds to the feelings of the people, and because the logic of it cannot have a far-sighted outlook for the common good. […]

It is not, in fact, a question of avoiding unfair discrimination for homosexuals, since this must and can be guaranteed in other ways. It is a question of admitting that a husband and a wife are publicly recognised as such; and that children who come into the world can know, and say they have, a father and a mother.

In short, preserving a vision of the human person and of human relationships where there is a public acknowledgement of monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilisation. If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry?

Lombardi’s editorial contradicts itself. He cannot claim that the Church is not discriminating against same-sex couples while at the same time claiming that opposite-sex couples deserve special privileges. There’s either discrimination or equality; they cannot somehow co-exist. He further stigmatizes gays and lesbians by describing them as outside of the “common good” and removed from an “achievement of civilization.” Though the sake of children seems to be at the crux of the argument, this Vatican position completely disregards the millions of children being raised by same-sex couples who are deprived of the same security and protections as other children.

The Vatican’s obsession with discriminating against the LGBT community is only explained by its obsession with preserving a superior status for heterosexuals.