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Italian archbishop: approval of civil unions reflects radical 'new vision of society'

May 13, 2016

Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto, Italy, said that Italy's legal acceptance of same-sex unions was "a defeat and also an impoverishment of democratic life on a question that can have an enormous impact on the future of society."

Reacting to a vote that gave civil unions all the same legal privileges as marriages, Archbishop Forte said that the legislation reflected a "new vision of society," and lamented that it had been adopted without the extensive national debate that would have been appropriate for such a radical change.

The archbishop told the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera that the Church would continue to insist on the sanctity of marriage, and that there "can be no equivalence between homosexual unions and the family.”

 
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