The Alaska Democratic Party has officially included homosexual marriage as part of its party platform, one of several updates made in May.
In an email to party supporters Communications Director Zack Fields noted that the platform now includes the statement: “Alaska Democrats support marriage equality and oppose discrimination against same-sex couples.”
The official support of same-sex “marriage” runs contrary to Catholic teaching on the issue.
While opposing any unjust discrimination against those who experience same-sex attraction and insisting that they be treated with compassion and dignity, the church holds that marriage, by its vary nature can only be between one man and one woman.
The church upholds that the purpose of sexual attraction is to draw a man and a woman together in marital love and for the procreation and education of children.
In the U.S. bishops’ document “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination,” they teach that “any sexual act that takes place outside the bond of marriage does not fulfill the proper ends of human sexuality. Such an act is not directed toward the expression of marital love with an openness to new life.”
In a related document, “Promote, Preserve, Protect, Marriage,” the bishops urge Catholics to “advocate for legislative and public policy initiatives that define and support marriage as a unique, essential relationship and institution.”
The bishops add that homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Our respect for them means we condemn all forms of unjust discrimination, harassment or abuse.”