As a matter of public understanding, marriage today can only be grounded on love and commitment, not on procreation. As a Catholic, I still understand marriage in my faith tradition to unite the procreative and affective ideals. But as an American citizen, I also know that I belong to a diverse and creative world where a new set of public norms is even now being created.
I have now changed my mind. While there is no question that marriage equality dramatically departs from what has gone before, I now find support within the same western tradition for expanding the definition of marriage to include loving, committed same-sex unions.
If you’d like to read my full discourse on the influences that led me to change my mind about marriage equality, from Susan Sontag, to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, please go to my Huffington Post blog here.
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