Friday, July 08, 2005

Opposition to gay marriage is not discrimination

(Linky-pops to article) Bishop Gonzalez says opposing gay marriage favors families. Gomer Pyle sez "Surprahz, surprahz, surprahz."


Anonymous said...

What a total tool. The Bishop, I mean.

Anonymous said...

A tool, indeed! Remember kiddies: lurve the sinner and hate the sin. *pfft*

LNewsEditor said...

Lest the link be busted before we all get a crack at it...

Opposition to gay marriage is not discrimination

Madrid, Jul. 06 (CNA/ - Bishop Jose Sanchez Gonzalez of Siguenza-Guadalajara, Spain, said this week that opposition to same-sex marriage is not tantamount to discrimination against homosexuals, but rather the favoring of the institutions of marriage and the family.

In a statement, Bishop Sanchez Gonzalez clarified that same-sex couples are not denied marriage because they are homosexuals, "but rather because they are two men or two women and not a man and a woman."

Marriage, he said, is "the life-long union in love and fidelity of a man and a woman, open to the transmission of life and the raising of children." Therefore, "only a man and a woman can have the right to contract marriage," unless some legitimate impediment exists.

The bishop explained that homosexuals have "the perfect right, and they are correct to do so, to demand the same treatment that others get in as much as their dignity and fundamental rights are concerned and to fight against any discrimination in this respect." Nevertheless, "they cannot demand that the nature of things be changed, such as with the case of marriage or the right to adopt minors."

Likewise, he recalled that legislators must respect the institution of marriage because of its precedence over the state. The bishop also expressed his hope that the pro-family demonstrations of June 18 will have a lasting impact on the country.

itownjen said...

I have yet to figure out how narrowing the view of family and marriage is a boon to either. Statistics are showing already that countries (and states, such as MA) who allow marriages between same sex couples have seen none of the problems those in opposition suggest will be seen. As a matter of fact:
82% of those surveyed said allowing gays and lesbians to marry has either had a positive impact or no impact at all on traditional marriages, contradicting one of the core arguments of opponents.
Fully 84% of voters believe marriage equality has either had a positive impact or no impact on the quality of life in Massachusetts.
All state legislators who support gay marriage were voted back into office in November 2004. Two gay marriage opponents lost their seats.
(Statistics Source: Massachusetts Dept of Public Health: Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. Poll Source: Mass Equality Education Fund.)

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WordyGrrl said...

Excellent info, Itownjen! I'd like to see the results of a survey in which participants are informed that what we want is "civil marriage", the same kind straight people get at the courthouse or from the Justice of the Peace. It is *not* demand that the government require churches to perform ceremonies. I think the latter is what a lot of opponents think it means.