Re: “A vote in support of Referendum 74 affirms God’s creation of diversity” (Your Voice, 7-17).
In response to Barbara Gorzinski’s beliefs regarding the redefinition of marriage and human dignity, it is clearly pointless to appeal to the traditional teaching and catechism of the Catholic Church, of which she professes to be a devout member. Rather, a response must restrict itself solely to the question of whether or not the proposed redefinition of marriage would enhance human dignity.
Any discussion of human dignity must include the dignity of the child. Nature teaches us that the conception of the child involves both a woman and a man. And as the conception of the child involves a woman and a man, so the rearing of a child should involve both a woman and a man.
This natural truth is acknowledged by homosexual couples who raise children. One partner takes the role of the mother, and the other partner takes the role of the father. But to suggest that a woman can take the role of the father in place of a man, or to suggest that a man can take the role of the mother in place of a woman, is a direct assault on the dignity of both the man and the woman.
Both the mother and the father have a special, irreplaceable role in the rearing of a child. Any suggestion otherwise lowers the dignity of all humans, including the child.