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Italian bishops will oppose any bid for gay adoptions: Cardinal Bagnasco

May 04, 2016

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops' conference, stated on May 3 that Church leaders will oppose any measure to legalize same-sex marriage.

"Individual rights are already guaranteed," the cardinal said. Legal recognition of same-sex partnerships would in effect put those unions on the same level as marriage, he said, and the Church cannot accept that outcome.

Cardinal Bagnasco welcomed the news that lawmakers had removed a provision from the proposed legislation that would have allowed homosexuals to adopt the children of their partners. He cautioned, however, that legalization of same-sex adoptions must not be introduced back into the legislation by a late amendment.

The bid for legal recognition of same-sex unions, which is backed by the Italian government, is expected to come up for a vote next week. 

 
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