Same-sex marriage: Scotland urged to resist Catholic church campaign

Bishops’ ‘anti-gay agenda’ condemned by activists pressing Scottish government to stand firm on same-sex marriage plans. The Scottish government has been urged to stand firm over its plans to legalise same-sex marriage and not be derailed by an “anti-gay agenda”, as the Catholic church in Scotland launched a campaign to maintain “the universally accepted definition of marriage” as a union between a man and a woman. In a letter read out in all 500 of the church’s parishes, Scotland’s Catholic bishops expressed their “deep disappointment” that Alex Salmond’s administration has vowed to pass legislation that could see the first gay marriage ceremonies by 2015. The letter called on worshippers to pray for their political leaders so that they may preserve the traditional nature of marriage “for the good of Scotland and of our society”. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the country’s Catholic church, who last weekend broke off direct talks with the Scottish government on gay marriage, said: “The church’s teaching on marriage is unequivocal, it is uniquely the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that governments, politicians or parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality.” He added: “While we pray that our elected leaders will sustain rather than subvert marriage, we promise to continue to do everything we can to convince them that redefining marriage would be wrong for society.” Gay rights activists condemned the move. “It is increasingly clear that the church has an anti-gay agenda that it wants to impose on the rest of society,” said Tom French, policy co-ordinator of the Equality Network. “We urge the Scottish government to stand firm on plans to introduce equal marriage and not give in to demands that would discriminate against LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people.”

via guardian: Same-sex marriage: Scotland urged to resist Catholic church campaign

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Posted on 27.08.2012, in Dienste, Gewalt, Rechtsextremismus. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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