Catholic Church Wages War on Gay Marriage

Author: Jason Shaw
Published: March 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm
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The Roman Catholic church in the UK has sent out letters to every parish church, informing them that they and their congregation need to do everything possible to fight, combat and prevent the government from changing the law that would allow same sex marriage from being passed in 2015.

Yes, over 2,500 parish churches were sent a letter, which according to the ludicrous hierarchy of the church, had be read out to the congregations today to urge them to fight against any change in the law. A change which the Church's two most senior archbishops say would reduce the significance of marriage. Only last week Cardinal Keith O'Brien, (pictured) the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said the "grotesque" plans were "madness" and would "shame the United Kingdom in the eyes of the world" if implemented. O'Brien claimed it was against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which defines marriage as a "relationship between men and women". Although, to be clear, the section of the declaration to which he refers actually states, "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family".

I am sorry, but I cannot see any full-on explicit reference that the marriage's participants need to be of a different gender, or indeed the same gender. It certainly doesn't include any mention of expressly limiting marriage on grounds of sexuality.

On Friday, in a speech to visiting American Catholic bishops, Pope Benedict XVI warned of "powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage", in the wake of Washington and Maryland legalizing same-sex marriage.

Tony Blair has defied the Pope by making clear he "strongly supports" plans for gay marriage. According to The Independent on Sunday, the former prime minister and a Catholic since converting in 2007  backs same sex marriage and proposals by David Cameron for a new law allowing homosexuals to marry

Even Conservative party traditionalists have spoken out in favor of gay marriage. Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, not always known for his ‘acceptance’ of equality, said on Thursday: "I have to say I've changed my mind on this in recent years, and I'm rather in favor of gay marriage."

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Jason is a freelance writer, author and blogger from Sussex, England. He has been a human and gay rights commentator and activist for a number of years and is passionate about equality. He writes for various websites and journals both in the UK and Worldwide. …

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