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Florida Keys Marriage Decision- Updated 7. 23

Yesterday a Circuit Judge in the Florida Keys ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex “marriage” is unconstitutional.

The judge noted, “The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country’s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and the rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority.”  In fact, in Florida, 62% of the voters approved a marriage amendment to recognize the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Instead of asking the question of whether those voters had a rational basis for their belief about marriage— which is distinct from a belief about the rights of individuals– the judge in this case dismissed those beliefs as just another kind of prejudice.

There is a great need to educate people about the crucial distinction the Church and others make between the person and their sexual expression.  The person is always respected; certain sexual activity may not be.

Archbishop Wenski released a statement about the decision.  He reaffirmed the importance of marriage to society and the right of a child to be raised by his or her mother and father.

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