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European court issues mixed ruling on same-sex marriage

Catholic World News - March 23, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that European nations which define marriage as the union of a man and a woman are not guilty of discrimination.

“The European Convention on Human Rights does not require member states’ governments to grant same-sex couples access to marriage,” the court ruled.

However, the court also ruled that in nations where same-sex marriage is legal, “any church that refuses to marry gay couples will be guilty of discrimination,” the Scottish Catholic Observer reported.

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  • Posted by: fred3885 - Mar. 23, 2012 12:54 PM ET USA

    "in nations where same-sex marriage is legal, “any church that refuses to marry gay couples will be guilty of discrimination”" It has finally started: A new persecution. I'm not sure which European countries allow gay marriage besides the UK but you can be sure the lawsuits will be plentiful there, and that right quick. Will the Church be sued out of existence? Only time will tell.

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