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Spain’s bishops say same-sex marriage law damages society

MADRID (CNS): “Spanish legislation on marriage is gravely unjust—it does not protect the parties’ right to be recognised in law as husband and wife, nor the right of children and young people to be brought up as future husbands and wives, and to enjoy a father and mother in a stable family,” the Spanish Bishops’ Conference said after the country’s Constitutional Court rejected legal challenges to the 2005 same-sex marriage law on November 6.

In a statement following the conference’s November 19 to 23 plenary in Madrid, the bishops said, “We call again on politicians to take responsibility. Right reason demands everyone act according to conscience and beyond party discipline in this key area and that no one votes to endorse a law which so badly damages society’s basic structures.” 

The bishops said the country was “witnessing the destruction of marriage by legal means,” adding that all politicians should uphold the common good by changing the law. More than 22,000 same-sex marriages have been recorded under the law, which was constitutionally challenged after the 2011 election victory of the People’s Party under the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy. 

Conference spokesperson, Bishop Juan Martinez Camino, an auxiliary from Madrid, said on November 22 that the Constitutional Court had “submitted a correct interpretation of the law.” 

However, he added that the Catholic Church believes the law needs urgent reform and was calling on the government to form a coalition with Catholics from all parties to abolish same-sex marriage......

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