Fr. Mark Hodges : Feb 28, 2018 : Lifesitenews.com
(Columbia, SC)—[Lifesitenews.com] South Carolina legislators have proposed a bill that calls homosexual “marriage” a “parody” of “natural” marriage between a man and a woman. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act” (H. 4949) introduced earlier this month clarifies that marriage is between one man and one woman, and defines same-sex arrangements, whether legally solemnized or not, “parody marriage.”
“‘Marriage’ means a union of one man and one woman,” the Act reads. “‘Parody marriage’ means any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “parody” as “a feeble or ridiculous imitation.”
Six Republicans sponsored the Act, which uses Constitutional arguments to “prohibit the state from respecting, endorsing, or recognizing any parody marriage policy.”
The preamble of the proposed amendment to South Carolina’s Constitution states that it is scientifically “unsettled” if homosexuality is “immutable or genetic,” and therefore sexual orientation is “a matter of faith.”
Sexual orientation is “faith-based,” according to the amendment, because it is based on a “series of naked assertions” and unproven “assumptions that are implicitly religious.”
Representatives Steve Long, Bill Chumley, Mike Burns, John McCravy, Josiah Magnuson, and Rick Martin united to define “natural, neutral, and non-controversial” marriage as between one man and one woman.
The Act states that the “religion” of those who adhere to faith in homosexuality as natural is a form of “Humanism.”
“All forms of parody marriage, and all self-asserted sex-based identity narratives, and sexual orientations that fail to check out the human design are part of the religion of Secular Humanism,” the bill states.
Citing cases where the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled Secular Humanism is a religion, the Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act concludes that the state may not favor or endorse religion.
In contrast, traditional marriage is “secular in nature” because “civilizations for millennia have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman” and such universal marriage “arose out of the nature of things.”
The Act also notes that traditional marriage accomplishes “its intended objective” (of societal benefit and continuation), whereas “parody marriage” does not…
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