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Scottish archbishop: same-sex marriage would be 'morally defective'

January 08, 2013

The retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland, has referred to same-sex marriage as “morally defective,” drawing sharp protests from gay-rights advocates.

Archbishop Mario Conti, in comments on the proposal for legal recognition of same-sex unions, said that lawmakers should recognize the moral impact of any such decision. He wrote:

While it is true, certainly within Catholic social teaching, that governments are not required to make all immoral actions illegal, to many it is unhelpful, unnecessary and indeed profoundly unwise for political action to do quite the opposite, namely to attempt through the law, by equating homosexual unions with heterosexual marriage, to render moral what is in itself morally defective.


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