Spain's major faiths oppose gay marriage

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2005, MADRID- Representatives of Spain's major religious faiths, except Islam, unveiled a joint statement opposing gay marriage.

20 April 2005

MADRID- Representatives of Spain's major religious faiths, except Islam, unveiled a joint statement opposing gay marriage.

The move came as parliament was about to debate a government proposal to legalize it.

The statement, addressed to the Spanish parliament, was signed by the Spanish (Catholic) Episcopal conference, the federation of Jewish communities, the federation of evangelical religious groups and a senior Orthodox Church representative.

"Monogamous heterosexual marriage is part of Judeo-Christian tradition and other religious faiths, and in its basic structure was and remains a fundamental institution in the history of societies of our cultural environment," it said.

"Any change of the institution of marriage requires deep reflection and a vast dialogue and social consensus," it added.

Signatories of the statement demanded that the structure of marriage be left unchanged as parliament prepared to discuss a government bill that would amend 14 articles of the Civil Code relating to marriage, including replacing the terms "man and women" by "partners".

The Socialist government voted last November to legalise gay marriages from 2005 and give gay couples the right to adopt children, which would make the historically conservative country one of the most liberal in Europe.

The move infuriated the country's powerful Catholic Church, which in December branded homosexual behaviour "intrinsically bad."

In a statement, Catholic bishops said that "homosexual tendencies, even if not a sin, must be considered objectively as troubling".

In Europe, only Belgium and the Netherlands allow same-sex marriages, though several countries extend officially recognised unions to homosexuals that convey some but not all of the rights of marriage.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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