MOSAIC Fall 2015 - Page 6

Only Between a Man and a Woman? I n recent decades, there has been a consistent effort to legalize same-sex marriage. In 1994, the European Parliament expressed favor toward the idea, and more recently Ireland (via popular vote) and the United States (through the Supreme Court) have granted full legal status to marriages between couples of the same sex. The Catholic Church has consistently opposed same-sex marriage because, according to the divine and natural law, marriage can only take place between one man and one woman. Pope Leo XIII, in his 1880 encyclical Arcanum Divinae Sapientiae, made