Vatican Responds To Gay Marriage Gains in U.S.
Catholic Church pledging to fight erosion of heterosexual marriage
The Vatican doesn’t like what happened for gays and lesbians in the U.S. on Election Day last week – voters approved same sex marriage rights in Maryland, Maine and Washington state. On Saturday, Vatican officials used media to speak out against attempts to “erase” the prominence of heterosexual marriage. "It is clear that in Western countries there is a widespread tendency to modify the classic vision of marriage between a man and woman, or rather to try to give it up, erasing its specific and privileged legal recognition compared to other forms of union," Father Federico Lombardi said in a Vatican Radio editorial. He went on to ask: “Why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry?" There are 77.7 million registered U.S. Catholics. Last Tuesday’s gay marriage wins marked the first time marriage rights for LGBT individuals were achieved through popular vote. (Reuters)
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