Bishops back march against gay marriage
10 June 2005, MADRID – The Catholic church has called on Spaniards to take to the streets of Madrid to demonstrate against the government’s law legalising gay marriage.
10 June 2005
MADRID – The Catholic church has called on Spaniards to take to the streets of Madrid to demonstrate against the government’s law legalising gay marriage.
Spain’s Episcopal Conference made the appeal to all citizens "in particular to Catholics" to join the march which is planned by the Foro Espanol de la Familla (the Spanish Forum for the Family) on 18 June.
In a statement, which made the front pages of most of the country’s dailies on Friday, the bishops said the protest was over "a just cause".
"The legislation which is being prepared at the moment would lead to a corruption of marriage in our laws and would mean this vital and irreplaceable institution for people and society would stop being the union of a man and a woman," said the conference.
The bishops claimed Spanish society had shown its "rejection of legislation which is so unfair and so contrary to reason" and urged Catholics to adopt the weapon of a peaceful protest to uphold their beliefs.
Catholics must, they stated, show "a clear and incisive reply through all legitimate means. Laic believers respond properly to a challenge when they use their democratic rights to express their disagreement by demonstrating pacifically. It’s a legitimate form of carrying out their duty of serving the common good."
A number of MPs from the conservative Popular Party have announced they will attend the march, which will coincide with a concert planned by Carlinhos Brown in the centre of Madrid.
The Forum is hoping to gather around 500,000 people for the protest and is laying on 200 buses to transport protesters to the capital. Two planes have also been organised to fly citizens from the Balearic Islands and three from the Canary Isles.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news