Same-Sex Marriage: 'Threat to the Family,' Latin American Bishops Plead With Gov't
By Grace Oshiro - Crossmap On June 6, 2012
Bishops In Bolivia Plead with Gov't
A statement was released recently from several Bishops in Bolivia who are against the legalization of same-sex unions in their country. The affirmation was sent to the Bolivian government where some are in pursuit to make these marriages lawful.
The statement that was sent out in May explained the history of Bolivia and the structure of traditional families. Their current Constitution recognizes marriage as "only between one man and one woman." Passing legislation for same-sex marriages would be "a grave threat to the family," the Bishops stated, according to the Catholic News Agency.
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The bishops continue to explicate that marriage is "a social institution based on sexual complementarity. This makes the fulfillment of the two equal ends of marriage possible: the mutual love between the spouses and the procreation of children."
Christ brought it "to the level of a sacrament, as a sign of his love for the Church," they continued.
They also added that homosexuals are unable of "generating life, ensuring the full development of children and ensuring the continuity of society," which is problematic for the future generations.
"When considering the rights of individuals the bishops stated that homosexuals should receive the same rights as everyone else and explained that all of God's children deserve his love," The Christian Post wrote.
The Bishops believe that while same-sex marriage is not legal, it should not be deemed as discrimination.
"The civil rights of homosexuals should be regulated by common law, like those of any other citizen. Every human being, as a child of God, deserves to be recognized and respected in his or her dignity and fundamental rights," the statement reads.
The Bishops in Bolivia wait in expectancy for lawmakers and citizens to "defend the principles and values of marriage and the family as institutions [that bring] true human happiness and contribute to the stability and continuity of society."
A vote for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Bolivia has not been given a date as of yet.