A top Roman
Catholic official said the country's draft constitution is
incompatible with the faith because of its provisions on
abortion and same-sex unions.
Antonio Arregui Yarza of Guayaquil criticized the draft
charter for including what he called ambiguous abortion laws
and granting the same benefits to same-sex couples and
married heterosexual couples.
''A union between
homosexuals is not a family,'' Arregui said in a news
conference Monday. ''We're going to request that the entire
Christian conscience takes note of the nonnegotiable
incompatibilities of this constitution with our
faith.'' He also said the proposed document is
''leaving the door open to the deletion of a new baby.''
assembly controlled by leftist president Rafael Correa's
political movement recently approved the 444-article
constitution, which will be put to a national
referendum September 28. More than 90% of Ecuador's
nearly 14 million people are Catholic. (AP)