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Lawmakers cannot change what marriage means, French cardinal says

November 30, 2012

A parliamentary vote cannot change the definition of marriage, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon told L’Osservatore Romano.

“Everyone knows marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” said the French cardinal, who was in Rome for his ad limina visit. Referring to a heated discussion in France about a government proposal to extend legal recognition to same-sex unions, Cardinal Barbarin observed that while the state should make laws to prevent injustice, “I do not see how it can claim the right to change the meaning of words.”


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