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Proposition 8 decision cites Vatican document as harmful to homosexuals

August 09, 2010

In his decision overturning California’s Proposition 8, Judge Vaughn Walker included a footnote that cited a Vatican document as an example of religious beliefs that “harm gays and lesbians.” The judge referred to “Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons,” a document released in 2003 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the leadership of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 10, 2010 2:51 AM ET USA

    "Have you noticed that as men lose faith in God, they become selfish, immoral and cruel? On a cosmic scale, as religion decreases, tyranny increases; as men lose faith in Divinity, they lose faith in humanity. Where God is outlawed, there man is subjugated." Archbishop Sheen wrote this years ago and it seems increasingly apropos today.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Aug. 09, 2010 10:47 PM ET USA

    But can the Vatican document be as harmful to the moral foundation of society that Judge Walker so cavalierly sabotaged in his reckless decision which was so influenced by his own peculiar predilections.

  • Posted by: annedanielson4099 - Aug. 09, 2010 9:58 PM ET USA

    There is no scientific evidence that same sex attraction is inherent. All Christians are called to discriminate between demeaning sexual acts that do not respect the Dignity of the Human Person and acts of Love which are oriented towards the Will of God.