Church attacks 'virus' of gay marriages
27 September 2004, MADRID - A senior representative of Spain's influential Catholic church on Monday attacked the plans of the Socialist government to legalise gay marriages as a "virus".
27 September 2004
MADRID - A senior representative of Spain's influential Catholic church on Monday attacked the plans of the Socialist government to legalise gay marriages as a "virus".
Legalising marriages between same-sex couples will "introduce into society a false currency by force of law," Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, spokesman for Spain's Episcopal conference, told Spanish television.
"It would impose on society a virus, something false, which will have negative consequences for social life," insisted Camino, spokesman for his country's bishops.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has made legalising same-sex unions a key element of social policy since coming to power in April and his government is set to approve a bill to that effect on 1 October.
Once that approval is given gay marriages, which according to the polls some two thirds of Spaniards are in favour of, could become legal from 2005.
But for Camino the idea of gay unions "comprising a marriage" is unacceptable.
He stressed the church "has nothing personal" against gay people and "imposes nothing on anybody."
But "what would impose something would be the existence of a law which for us is contrary not to Catholic faith but to reason," Camino said.
He insisted all societies regarded same-sex unions in a different light to conventional marriages and therefore it would be "unjust" to legislate in favour of gay marriages "as that would be treating the unequal in equal fashion."
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news