Today, for some people, morality has become purely a matter of personal taste. Regarding sexual expression, opinions vary on how best to attain fulfillment, and in the thinking of many people, these differences are nothing more than opinions. From this perspective, regardless of one’s personal view or opinion on sexual expression, sex outside of marriage between one man and one woman or remaining celibate as a single man or woman, have been reduced to a matter of personal preference or expression. It escapes many people today that it is both illogical and inconsistent to believe that morality is purely subjective.
What we really should be asking ourselves is, “Are the qualities or consequences of sex outside of marriage beneficial or detrimental to individuals and to society?” The question is neither political nor religious. Even if Democrats, Republicans or The Church were silent on the subject, we would still need to ask whether sex outside of marriage is right or wrong. Ultimately, when the moral question is in focus, a number of other matters become irrelevant.
Whether or not sexual expression outside of marriage is good, and therefore, whether it ought be socially accepted, has nothing to do with its legality or its political correctness. What matters morally should be determined on the basis of our best understanding about what constitutes human well-being.
Therefore, the issue before us is whether or not people’s lives are better – physically, psychologically, and socially, as a result of sex outside marriage between one man and one woman. Today, in American society, the quest to gain society’s stamp of approval on any type or form of sexual expression is relentless. What this amounts to is a society in which a majority of people will in turn lose the right to freedom of conscience, which in this case means the right to withhold affirmation and teaching and the right to believe that any form of sexual expression is not on par with the marriage bond between one man and one woman.
Given the current political climate, we find it difficult to understand and believe that sexual education can be correctly and collectively taught apart from a moral context. When the moral question has been offered and answered, then, and only then, can we truly deal with the moral decay that exists in American society and the world.