2008: Pope restates gay marriage ban after California Supreme Court Decision / Reuters

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is, in my opinion, exactly right on the issue of gay marriage and the evil of homosexual relationships. I would be in favor of them having less rights than full civil unions, and not able to adopt children in any case. The three taboo’s or bans on incest / poedophilia, adultery, and homosexuality that societies have always had and which in my opinion should have, have their best defense in an article by a Hoover Institution scholar , found on my blog at this link. 2003: The Libertarian Question: Incest, Homosexuality, and Adultery / Stanley Kurtz
Taboo’s are not on things that no one does; they are on things that too many people do, and that societies need to strongly discourage or the family breakdown destroys their successful operation as a society and their future.

See the original article on the Reuters News website at this link.

Thanks much,
Steve St.Clair

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Pope restates gay marriage ban after California Supreme Court Decision
Fri May 16, 2008 10:22pm BST
By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, speaking a day after a California court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, firmly restated on Friday the Roman Catholic Church’s position that only unions between a man and a woman are moral.

Benedict made no mention of the California decision in his speech to family groups from throughout Europe, but stressed the Church’s position several times.

“The union of love, based on matrimony between a man and a woman, which makes up the family, represents a good for all society that can not be substituted by, confused with, or compared to other types of unions,” he said.

The pope also spoke of the inalienable rights of the traditional family, “founded on matrimony between a man and a woman, to be the natural cradle of human life”.

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriages in a major victory for gay rights advocates that will allow homosexual couples to marry in the most populous U.S. state.

Last year, Italy’s powerful Catholic Church successfully campaigned against a law proposed by the previous centre-left government that would have given more rights to gay and unmarried couples.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are, and is opposed to gays being allowed to adopt children.

The California court found laws limiting marriage to heterosexual couples are at odds with rights guaranteed by the state’s constitution.

U.S. President George W. Bush, who is opposed to gay marriage, prayed “for the family” with the pope at the White House last month during the pontiff’s visit there.

Last year, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, made headlines with comments that critics said equated homosexuality with incest and paedophilia.

After he made the comments — which Bagnasco said were misunderstood — graffiti reading “Shame” and “Watch Out Bagnasco” appeared on the door of the cathedral in northern Genoa, where Bagnasco is archbishop.

The pope, who backed Bagnasco, will visit Genoa his weekend.

Opponents of gay marriage in the United States vowed to contest the ruling with a state-wide ballot measure for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages.

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One response to “2008: Pope restates gay marriage ban after California Supreme Court Decision / Reuters

  1. This is THE most important propposition for Nov 4.. Go out and vote!!! Also, I recommend to EVERYONE to read the post on editorialsection.com http://editorialsection.com

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