:Pope Benedict on Tuesday linked the Church's opposition to gay marriage to concern about the environment, suggesting that laws undermining "the differences between the sexes" were threats to creation.....
"Creatures differ from one another and can be protected, or endangered, in different ways, as we know from daily experience. One such attack comes from laws or proposals which, in the name of fighting discrimination, strike at the biological basis of the difference between the sexes," he said.
"I am thinking, for example, of certain countries in Europe or North and South America," he said.
This was a clear reference to legislation either enacted or proposed in several part of the world.
Last month, Mexico City became the first capital in Catholic Latin America to allow same-sex marriage.
In California, the U.S. state's ban on gay marriage goes to trial on Monday in a federal case that plaintiffs hope to take all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and overturn bans throughout the nation.
Gay marriage is legal is several U.S. states and some European countries.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Pope calls gay marriage an "attack"