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The False "Marriage Equality" Slogan
for so-called "Same Sex Marriage"

A note from CFN Editor John Vennari:

Dr. Dennis Bonnette, with whom I am privileged to study scholastic philosophy, has made a terrific distinction about so called “Marriage Equality”, which is the battle slogan for ‘same-sex marriage’.

I publish his words in the hope you will find this useful.

He summarizes his argument in a comment he just posted on a national/journal website and it runs as follows:

Homosexuals have always had the exact same rights as heterosexuals, that is, the right to marry a person of the opposite sex. They just do not wish to exercise that right. They want a new "right," the right to marry a person of the same sex. Society has never granted such a "right" to anyone -- certainly not to heterosexuals. So much for claims of demanding "marriage equality." They have always had it. They just want something different.

The same argument he contained in a Letter to the Editor published in the Buffalo News on July 1, 2011, a week after the “same-sex marriage” vote passed in Albany:

Grisanti is redefining meaning of marriage:

State Sen. Mark Grisanti [of New York] insists that his vote for same-sex marriage was based on his belief that homosexuals should have the same rights that he has with his own wife. In so saying, Grisanti reveals a central failure to grasp the meaning of his vote. He did not vote to affirm the same rights for homosexuals as he has with his own wife. He voted for a new and different meaning of marriage.

The right to marry has always been enjoyed by both homosexuals and heterosexuals. It has always been understood as the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, and homosexuals have always been free to do so. Most freely choose not to do so.

What Grisanti has just voted for is a completely new right, a right that has never existed for most of the past 5,000 years of recorded history. Homosexuals have been given a legal right by New York State to marry persons of the same sex— something that entails an essential redefinition of the meaning of marriage—with all the social consequences that may entail.

Ignorance of so fundamental a distinction begs the question as to why appropriately extensive and balanced public legislative hearings were not held before this social revolution was enacted into permanent law in New York State.

Dennis Bonnette, Ph.D.
(Retired Professor of Philosophy from Niagara University)

Dr. Bonnette's course on the "Five Ways to Prove the Existence" of God, his "Foundations of Metaphysics" and other lectures on Thomistic philosophy are available at: