Church says gay marriages 'unjust'
20 July 2004, MADRID – The Spanish Catholic Church launched an attack Tuesday on plans by the Socialist government to legalise gay marriages.
20 July 2004
MADRID – The Spanish Catholic Church launched an attack Tuesday on plans by the Socialist government to legalise gay marriages.
The Episcopal Conference of Bishops issued a statement saying: "It is not just that two people of the same sex should marry."
P. Martínez Camino, secretary general of the Episcopal Conference, condemned the government's proposal to introduce a law early next year to make gay weddings legal.
In June, the government published a draft law to the Spanish parliament which could be made law by the start of 2005.
Camino said in a statement that the Church accepted gay people should have equal rights.
But the statement added that the Church believes that "something so obvious and natural as marriage can only be practised by people of different sexes."
It cited the recent remarks of Pope John Paul II, who condemned the Socialist plans to introduce gay marriage when he received prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the Vatican.
The Pope said marriage between a man and a woman is the "expression of a love which represents the communion of two people".
But he added that gay marriages would not demonstrate the "complementary nature of the sexes".
The Church also appealed for Catholics to realise that adoption by gay couples – another possible proposal under the new law – was not good for children.
It also represented a "threat to social order", the Church's statement added.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news