The US Supreme Court is about to consider gay “marriage”. The Justices might want to consider the fact that, within the universal two thousand year-old Christian tradition, a marriage that has not been consummated, regardless of the reason for non-consummation, is probably a nullity – i.e. does not really exist. Additionally, an inability to consummate the marriage is probable grounds for an annulment. Catholic canon law defines a marriage as consummated when the “spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of offspring, to which marriage is ordered by its nature and by which the spouses become one flesh.” Can you think of any other possible rational definition? In the United Kingdom, section 12 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 rules that a refusal or inability to consummate a marriage provides grounds for the marriage to be voided. The matter is quite simple. Gay “marriage”? It is literally inconceivable.

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