To our distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the Legislative Department who are long since addicted to changing the inherent nature and essential attributions of marriage in accord allegedly with “modern” thinking and “updated” value system, we ask: Do they look at themselves as above the imperative of Natural Law, beyond the reach of reason and pursuant ethical standards? More. Have they become avid believers of and subscribers to the downright amoral thinking and individualistic options of some people in some countries where certain sick and sickening practices – such as “No Fault Divorce”, “Renewable Marriage Vows”, “Group Marriage”, “Same Sex Marriage”, and the like – are now in vogue.
Even the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines expressly and clearly provides: The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution...” (State Policy, Section 12)
Or is the Philippine Constitution itself simply something subject to the whims and caprices of the said ladies and gentlemen such that they simply change any provision therein that does not suit their likes or dislikes, that they find inconvenient or dissonant with their personal options and preferences? Or is there nothing more sacred and noble in their thinking and consequent actions and reaction patterns? Are there no more objective truths in their thinking process? Do they wherefore consider themselves as the supreme norm in defining what is right or wrong, the ultimate reference point of legislating with sublimity or ignobility? As to the nature, attributions, and consequences of marriage, the following simple and short observations are in order:
1. It is the most commonly opted way of life. While there are individuals who decide to be single or celibate, most people prefer marriage and thus get married.
2. It is the most natural origin of human life. Even with the truth that human life can come to fore without marriage, this still remains as its most common origin.
3. It is the most universal start of a family. As a matter of course, the mere mention of a true and real domestic unit presumes marriage as its origin.
4. It is the most standard component of society. It is a given that society in the local, provincial, regional and national levels are the composite output of marriage.
5. It is the most demanding as well as rewarding way of living. Married couples know too well that theirs is both a trying and endearing state of life.
6. It is the most common source of happiness and lamentation. It is far from a secret that marriage is the source of joys and sorrows, laughter and tears.
7. It is the most complicated state of life. Mentally and emotionally, spiritually and materially, personally and conjugally, marriage is anything but a joke.