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UK cardinal calls same-sex marriages "grotesque"

British government plans to legalize same-sex civil marriages have sparked a volley of criticism from politicians and church leaders including Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Published: March 05, 2012 05:00 PM GMT

Updated: March 06, 2012 04:56 AM GMT

UK cardinal calls same-sex marriages grotesque

A Catholic church leader has called the government's plans for gay marriage "madness" and a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right". Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic church in Scotland, also accused the coalition of trying to "redefine reality". In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, he says the prime minister is a "passionate" advocate of the change and told his party two years ago he supported gay marriage "because I am a Conservative". O'Brien wrote: "Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists. "Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father. "Other dangers exist. If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage, if they pledge their fidelity to one another?" Full Story: Catholic leader calls government's gay marriage plans 'madness'Source:The Guardian

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