|People for and against same-sex marriage|
demonstrate outside Supreme Court building
as justices hear arguments in case against
California's same-sex marriage ban
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. In anticipation of these historic cases, CBS News conducted a poll of current public opinion concerning same-sex marriage.
The main result from the poll is that 53 percent of Americans think same-sex marriage should be legal, while 39 percent are opposed. This is a significant change from May 2012, when 51 percent were opposed to same-sex marriage. And, notably, 33 percent of those who now support same-sex marriage used to hold the opposite view.
The deciding factor in these changing views? CBS News points to several, including "being more tolerant" and "more educated" as well considering it "the modern way of thinking." The biggest factor (20 percent) was knowing a member of the gay community personally.
The Catholic Church is a dependable guide for approaching hard issues like this. She is gentle and respectful of all people, but firm and unwavering in guarding the truth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a great resource; paragraphs 2357-2359 speak about homosexuality.
Other recommended resources include:
- "How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice" by Austen Ivereigh, Chapter 2: Homosexuality and Contraception
- "Rebuttals to arguments for same-sex marriage," by Brandon Vogt in OSV Newsweekly
Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.