From Gay Star News: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/catholic-bishops-gays-make-good-parents-still-must-not-marry300113
Bishops from the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales have outlined their reasons why gay couples should not get married
By Joe Morgan
30 January 2013
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has said gay people may make good parents but must still be banned from marriage.
Bishops have outlined their reasons why they believe same-sex couples should not be allowed to get married.
the document published in the Catholic Herald, it states: ‘We recognize
that many same-sex couples raise children in loving and caring homes.
marriage has an identity that at its core is distinct from any other
legally recognised relationship, no matter how much love or commitment
may be involved in these other relationships.
‘Marriage has, over
the centuries, been the enduring public recognition of this commitment
to provide a stable institution for the care and protection of children,
and it has rightly been recognised as unique and worthy of legal
protection for this reason.
‘Marriage furthers the common good of
society because it promotes a unique relationship within which children
are conceived, born and reared, an institution that we believe benefits
The bishops also say refusing marriage to same-sex
couples is not discriminatory, as gay couples already have civil
Despite the differences between civil partnerships and marriages, they say ‘it is not unequal or unfair to treat those in different circumstances differently.’
Complete article at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/catholic-bishops-gays-make-good-parents-still-must-not-marry300113
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