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In Argentina, future Pontiff was chief opponent of same-sex marriage, legislator recalls

November 15, 2013

An Argentine lawmaker has recounted how the future Pope Francis led opposition to a proposal to recognize same-sex marriage while he was serving as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Lilliana Negre, a senator and friend of the Pontiff, said that then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was not “intervening in politics” directly, but “reminding people what the Church teaches,” and asking Catholics to “act accordingly.” Yet she recalls that proponents of same-sex marriage were convinced that the cardinal was the mastermind of their political opposition. When their proposal passed, she said, the victors proclaimed: “We brought down Bergoglio.”


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