June used to be the month where brides and grooms affirmed their love and commitment to each other and covenant before God and “these witnesses,” in a public wedding ceremony.
Now President Obama has chosen to declare June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” He issued a proclamation remembering the start of the gay rights movement, with the violent riots by homosexuals against police in New York City, in June of 1969. He also celebrated the recent defeat of a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, now allowing federal benefits for some same-sex couples.
At the same time, the Catholic’s Pope Francis chose June to speak about the virtues of natural marriage and the need for faithfulness and fertility in a Christian marriage. Noting reports of a dramatic decline in birth rates in predominately Christian nations, he warned married couples against “substituting cats and dogs for children”—a move that he said will lead to the “bitterness of loneliness” in old age.