Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Madness! says Scottish cardinal over gay marriage

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Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien
Reaction to Britain's conservative party's plans to introduce same-sex marriage before 2015 election

To Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien of Scotland, public consultation on recognizing same same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom is a society gone "mad."

"Redefining marriage will have huge implications for what is taught in our schools, and for wider society," Cardinal O'Brien wrote in an March 3 Op-Ed which appeared in U.K's Daily Telegraph."(Same-sex marriage) will redefine society since the institution of marriage is one of the fundamental building blocks of society. The repercussions of enacting same-sex marriage into law will be immense."

He reiterated that marriage is between man and a woman, and by redefining that "fact" could lead society down a road of great consequence.

"If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage, if they pledge their fidelity to one another? If marriage is simply about adults who love each other, on what basis can three adults who love each other be prevented from marrying?"

Cardinal O'Brien did note that his opinion will likely be taken as "scaremongering," just as his comments were in 2005 when Britain allowed a civil partnership status for same-sex couples.

"Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists."

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