Marriage is a sacrament, like baptism, first communion, confirmation, receiving holy orders, or getting married. A preist can officate for the state and provide the license for a civil union, however, a couple who intend to marry in the Catholic Church, make their vows because their job is to procreate. Marriage is not all about love, but about heirs, rites, procreating, fullfilling what is understood as a holy union with God.
Same sex relationships are unable to procreate.. there is not ned to have a wedding with sacrements to adopt children, and having partners outside the marrige to pro-create is not acceptable.
Most Catholics I know, really don't care about same sex unions. What we do care about is same sex relationships wanting a Catholic Marriage with sacraments.
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