Could the Church Ever Bless Same-Sex “Marriage,” Couples?
Can gay marriage ever be not sinful? Also, can a priest bless a gay couple?
No, the Catholic Church could never approve or otherwise support “same-sex” marriage, nor could a priest validly bless such a couple as a couple, irrespective of whether the pair had gone through a civil ceremony of some sort.
The Church maintains its position out of love for the two persons involved as well as society in general. Authentic marriage involves the marital act, in which the two become one. Same-sex relationships involve two people of the same gender whose absence of complementarity precludes oneness sexually and otherwise as a couple. Two men are called to be brothers and two women to be sisters.
For information on this topic, see our answers on why the Church won’t change its teaching on this matter, the difference between sterile married couples and same-sex couples, and why someone shouldn’t attend a same-sex “wedding.”