Last year when Illinois legislators approved civil unions for same sex couples, the Catholic church launched a fierce opposition. Now, with state lawmakers considering a state-wide approval of same-sex marriage, Roman Catholic bishops are speaking out, saying that such legislation would violate natural law.
One of Chicago’s most well-known Catholic leaders, Cardinal Francis George, became infamous last year when he compared the city’s gay pride organizations to the KKK. Most recently he told the Chicago Tribune that “There’s no such thing as a gay marriage because it cannot be consummated.”
Here’s an excerpt of his comments:
“Marriage comes to us from nature. That’s based on the complementarity of the two sexes in such a way that the love of a man and a woman joined in a marital union is open to life, and that’s how families are created and society goes along. It’s not in our doctrine. It’s not a matter of faith. It’s a matter of reason and understanding the way nature operates. You want to be sure that everybody has a chance at happiness. That’s a very persuasive argument. But we all want that, and nobody should be disdained or persecuted because of their sexual orientation. But when we get behind the church and behind the state, you’ve got a natural reality that two men or two women cannot consummate a marriage. It’s a physical impossibility.”
Basically, George’s argument is that same sex marriage is immoral because it’s “unnatural,” because it goes against “the way nature operates.” Except that it doesn’t. Maybe it’s time the leaders of the Catholic church take a refresher course in Biology, because homosexual behavior is a nearly universal phenomenon in the animal kingdom.
In case you had any doubt, here are 5 pictures to prove it:
Some studies suggest that up to 75 percent of bonobo sex is nonreproductive and that nearly all bonobos are bisexual.
2. Big horn sheep
Male bighorn sheep are known to engage in oral and anal intercourse to the point of ejaculation.
Roy and Silo, two male penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo, have been attached at the hip for over six years. They display “classic pair-bonding behaviorentwining of necks, mutual preening, flipper flapping,” and also have sex, (ignoring potential female mates).
Male lions pair-bond and initiate homosexual activity, including nuzzling and caressing and leading to mounting and thrusting. Pairings between females are less common in the wild, but have been observed in captivity.
Male elephants will engage in same-sex bonding and mounting, as well as other affectionate behaviors like kissing, trunk intertwining, and placing trunks in each other’s mouths.
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