The Vatican has
come out against a United Nations resolution
that calls on all governments to decriminalize
homosexuality. The resolution, Archbishop Celestino
Migliore said, would "add new categories of those
protected from discrimination" and could lead to the
decline of heterosexual marriage, Reuters reported Tuesday.
"If adopted, they
would create new and implacable discriminations,"
Migliore said. "For example, states which do not
recognize same-sex unions as 'matrimony' will be pilloried
and made an object of pressure."
propose the resolution this month on behalf of the 27-member
European Union. The Vatican is not a member, but it uses the
religion in the world is granted this type of status on the
world stage," Catholics for Choice president Jon O'Brien
told Advocate.com on Tuesday.
The Vatican has a
nonvoting seat at the U.N., but the Holy See's opinions
can be influential.
religions are granted a voice in the United Nations,"
O'Brien said, "but they're often treated as
nations, especially those in Latin America, are moving
toward separating church and state, the Vatican's
stance may prompt other leaders from other religions
to pressure political officials. Still, Catholicism is
the only major religion with a mouthpiece at the U.N.
"You won't find
an imam sitting at the U.N. pretending that they're a
part of a state," O'Brien added. "You don't find that kind
of manifestation in other world religions. We
certainly have seen folks like the Mormons and those
of extreme Muslim beliefs and uberconservatives
backed by the Vatican trying to form a lobby together."
La Stampa said the city-state's stance was
"grotesque," figuring that the Vatican feared a chain
reaction in legally instituting marriage equality,
especially in Italy, where there is no law banning same-sex
resolution ... has nothing to do with gay marriage.
It is about stopping jail and the death penalty for
homosexuals," Franco Grillini, president of Italy's
leading gay rights activist organization Arcigay, told
still punishable in at least 85 countries, including
Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, and Ghana. Some countries kill
those who are found guilty of such an offense.
All the European
Union member nations have backed France's proposed
resolution. Just this past weekend, the Catholic Church in
England and Wales urged priests and churchgoers to be
tolerant and welcoming to LGBT people in a new
pamphlet being distributed across the country.
change of tone is undermined by the homophobic content
of the Catholic catechism and by the pope's frequent
endorsement of legal discrimination against lesbian
and gay people," U.K. gay rights advocate Peter
Tatchell said in a statement on Monday. "The Vatican's
policy of denouncing loving, stable same-sex relationships
risks undoing the good, kind intentions of this
leaflet." (Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com)