New pope makes official his condemnation of gay marriage

Ross von Metzke | June 07, 2005

ROME, Italy — Pope Benedict has made official his first clear pronouncement on gay marriages since his election, and as expected, his opinions weren�t positive.

Monday evening, Rome time, Pope Benedict condemned same-sex unions as fake and expressions of �anarchic freedom� that threatened the future of the family. The Pope, who was elected in April, also condemned divorce, artificial birth control, trial marriages and free-style unions, saying all of these practices were dangerous for the family.

�Today's various forms of dissolution of marriage, free unions, trial marriages as well as the pseudo-matrimonies between people of the same sex are instead expressions of anarchic freedom which falsely tries to pass itself off as the true liberation of man,� he said, according to Reuters.

The Pope spoke to families at Rome's St. John's Cathedral on the issue following pressure from Catholic leaders worldwide for an official stance on the subject of gay relationships. The issue has become highly controversial around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States.

In April, parliament in the historically Catholic Spain gave initial approval to a law legalizing gay marriage. It is widely expected to be approved by the Senate and to become law in the coming months.

Gay marriages are already legal in several European countries and in Massachusetts stateside.

However, just last week, California's Assembly killed off a bill that would have allowed gay marriage in California. President Bush has said he favors a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages.

The Pope, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed the Vatican's doctrinal department for more than two decades, said �pseudo freedoms� such as gay marriages were based on what he called the "banalisation of the human body" and of man himself.

In a clear reference to contraception, the Pope said couples went against the nature of love itself when they "systematically shut off" the possibility of "the gift of life.� – Gay Link Content

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