Letters to the Editor

Redefining marriage

The decision of the Supreme Court redefining marriage as merely an affective union between two people of any sex was disappointing, if not unexpected. As the minority of the judges said in their dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment.”

This is simply a wrong, mistaken decision. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Supreme Court got it wrong.

In the 19th Century, in the Dred Scott decision, the court decided that a black man had no rights that a white person had to respect. In the 20th Century, the court decided in Roe v. Wade that a baby could be killed in her mother’s womb at any time before birth. And now in the 21st Century, the Supreme Court makes another wrong decision.

Bad decisions lead to bad consequences and do not “settle” anything.

This decision redefining marriage will also bring bad consequences. Losing the understanding of marriage in our culture as a conjugal union of a man and a woman in a permanent and exclusive commitment conducive to welcoming and raising the children born from such a union weakens the family as the basic cell of society. It imperils the human flourishing of future generations. Allowing “an act of the will” to be substituted for “legal judgment” is a recipe for tyranny.

Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami