Spanish Bishops reject govt moves on gay marriage
July 21, 2004
MADRID — Spanish bishops on Tuesday said they rejected a plan by the
Socialist government elected in March to produce a parliamentary
bill aimed at legalising gay marriages.
In a five-page pamphlet entitled In favour of marriage, the
bishops said they believed that "two people of the same sex have no
right to marry."
The bishops added that: "We have a duty to remind people that
marriage is only possible between two people of a different sex,
that is, a man and a women.
"Legal recognition of homosexual union and its assimilation with
marriage would be a mistake and an injustice," the pamphlet stated.
"We invite Catholics to do what they can within our democratic
system to ensure that the laws of our country remain favourable to
the one true marriage," the bishops added in terming a same-sex
marriage a "legal fiction."
On June 30, a majority of Spanish parliamentarians approved a
government bill to modify existing legislation which currently bans
same-sex unions. – Sapa-AFP
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