Vatican Comes Out Hard Against Marriage Equality

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com November 11 2012 9:38 PM ET

The Vatican will battle marriage equality with even more fervor following gains in the U.S. and western Europe, it declared in radio and newspaper editorials this weekend.

Feeling pressure following three U.S. states, Maine, Maryland, and Washington, legalizing same-sex marriage through popular vote, Spain's highest court upholding such unions, and France moving forward with marriage legislation, the Vatican reminded its faithful that the Roman Catholic church stands firmly against such unions.

"It is clear that in Western countries there is a widespread tendency to modify the classic vision of marriage between a man and woman, or rather to try to give it up, erasing its specific and privileged legal recognition compared to other forms of union," Father Federico Lombardi said on Vatican Radio.

Lombardi said men and women having multiple spouses would follow same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, an article in the Vatican newspaper declared that support for same-sex marriage is "an ideology founded on political correctness which is invading every culture of the world."

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