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Francois Hollande’s Gay Marriage & Adoption Bill: Catholic Church In France Voices Opposition

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Nov 5, 2012 –  Francois Hollande’s Gay Marriage & Adoption Bill: Catholic Church In France Voices Opposition

The Catholic Church in France took a fresh swipe Sunday at the Socialist government’s plan to authorise gay marriage and adoption, to be presented as a draft law this week, as far-right leader Marine Le Pen called for a referendum on the issue.

Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, who has led opposition to the project, told mass-goers in the pilgrimage town of Lourdes that children needed both a father and a mother to build their identities.

“When we defend the right of children to build their personality with reference to the man and the woman who gave them life, we are not defending a particular position,” he said.

“We are recognising what is expressed by the practices and the wisdom of all the peoples since the beginning of time and which modern specialists confirm,” said Vingt-Trois at the mass during an annual meeting of France’s Catholic bishops.

The gay marriage plan is to be presented as a draft bill to President Francois Hollande’s cabinet on Wednesday.

Hollande has promised that the legislation will be on the statute books by mid-2013, and there is sufficient cross-party support to ensure that the government will be able to push it through on schedule.

A number of European nations allow gay marriage and adoption, but not France, where only married couples and not civil union partners can adopt.

Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden currently allow gay adoption.

Polls suggest that up to two-thirds of French voters back homosexuals’ right to marry, but they are split on allowing them to adopt.

But Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, questioned the polls, noting that a survey in 2005 on the European constitution found a majority of the population in favour. But in a referendum, the majority — 55 percent — voted against the basic law.

The gay marriage and adoption draft bill should also be put to a popular vote, she said.

“Hold a referendum on issues such as these!” she said in an interview on BFM-TV.

“We cannot keep talking about dialogue and not agree to hold a real debate on the issue,” she said.

Jean-Francois Cope, one of two candidates to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy as the head of the UMP party, urged the government to postpone the draft bill.

This draft bill was “incredibly badly prepared. There was no dialogue,” he said in a interview with France Inter, Le Monde and AFP.

“It is not just about homosexual marriage, it is about a complete reorganization, deconstruction of the right of the family, with questions surrounding lineage, the removal of the reference to father and mother in the text,” Cope said.

“It’s probably the issue that most needs dialogue,” he added.

Some conservative and far-right politicians have also called for mass street protests to try and force the government to back down.

Hundreds of French mayors or deputy mayors have signed a petition opposing the government’s plans, and Jewish leaders have joined Catholic bishops and the right-wing opposition to denounce the initiative.

Many of these mayors — whose job entails officiating at marriages — have warned they will not preside over same-sex ceremonies.

Pope Benedict XVI last month urged French bishops to oppose the bill and defend marriage as the “foundation of social life”.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has insisted there will be no backtracking on the pledge Hollande made when he was campaigning for the presidency this year.

The text to be presented to Hollande’s cabinet will redefine marriage to stipulate that it is “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex,” Ayrault told AFP last month.

The draft legislation will include a provision for married gay couples to adopt children but the right will not be immediately extended to unmarried homosexuals, the premier added.

That question and the issue of gay couples’ access to medically assisted conception will be addressed in secondary legislation at a later date. marriage plan

LOURDES, France (AFP) – The Catholic Church in France took a fresh swipe Sunday at the Socialist government’s plan to authorise gay marriage and adoption, to be presented as a draft law this week, as far-right leader Marine Le Pen called for a referendum on the issue.

Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, who has led opposition to the project, told mass-goers in the pilgrimage town of Lourdes that children needed both a father and a mother to build their identities.

“When we defend the right of children to build their personality with reference to the man and the woman who gave them life, we are not defending a particular position,” he said.

“We are recognising what is expressed by the practices and the wisdom of all the peoples since the beginning of time and which modern specialists confirm,” said Vingt-Trois at the mass during an annual meeting of France’s Catholic bishops.

The gay marriage plan is to be presented as a draft bill to President Francois Hollande’s cabinet on Wednesday.

Hollande has promised that the legislation will be on the statute books by mid-2013, and there is sufficient cross-party support to ensure that the government will be able to push it through on schedule.

A number of European nations allow gay marriage and adoption, but not France, where only married couples and not civil union partners can adopt.

Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden currently allow gay adoption.

Polls suggest that up to two-thirds of French voters back homosexuals’ right to marry, but they are split on allowing them to adopt.

But Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, questioned the polls, noting that a survey in 2005 on the European constitution found a majority of the population in favour. But in a referendum, the majority — 55 percent — voted against the basic law.

The gay marriage and adoption draft bill should also be put to a popular vote, she said.

“Hold a referendum on issues such as these!” she said in an interview on BFM-TV.

“We cannot keep talking about dialogue and not agree to hold a real debate on the issue,” she said.

Jean-Francois Cope, one of two candidates to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy as the head of the UMP party, urged the government to postpone the draft bill.

This draft bill was “incredibly badly prepared. There was no dialogue,” he said in a interview with France Inter, Le Monde and AFP.

“It is not just about homosexual marriage, it is about a complete reorganisation, deconstruction of the right of the family, with questions surrounding lineage, the removal of the reference to father and mother in the text,” Cope said.

“It’s probably the issue that most needs dialogue,” he added.

Some conservative and far-right politicians have also called for mass street protests to try and force the government to back down.

Hundreds of French mayors or deputy mayors have signed a petition opposing the government’s plans, and Jewish leaders have joined Catholic bishops and the right-wing opposition to denounce the initiative.

Many of these mayors — whose job entails officiating at marriages — have warned they will not preside over same-sex ceremonies.

Pope Benedict XVI last month urged French bishops to oppose the bill and defend marriage as the “foundation of social life”.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has insisted there will be no backtracking on the pledge Hollande made when he was campaigning for the presidency this year.

The text to be presented to Hollande’s cabinet will redefine marriage to stipulate that it is “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex,” Ayrault told AFP last month.

The draft legislation will include a provision for married gay couples to adopt children but the right will not be immediately extended to unmarried homosexuals, the premier added.

That question and the issue of gay couples’ access to medically assisted conception will be addressed in secondary legislation at a later date.(Source: Vanguard)

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  1. Precious Beatrice Amaka

    November 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    it is evil, when God created human being he created them male and female. not male and male or female to female so no matter how u look at it is very wrong for any type of govt to adopt that evil way of life is demonic and satanic to involved in guy marriage.

    • Saviour Ekpe

      November 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      I respected Hollande because of his programs but became disappointed for the gay and homosexual marriage bill that is underway for implementation. If gay marriage is that good, why why is the clause to allow the gay and homosexual couple to adopt. Those children they will adopt, who will impregnate the woman? Marriage of different sex was Divinely arranged, that is why it is enshrined in the Holy Books of all religion of the world. Other countries of the world that had legalised this should go back to the religion which they believe to confirm this. Lets avoid what will bring sudden judgement to humanity, pls. Saviour Ekpe, reply from Nigeria. GSM: +234(0)8024179119

  2. Chinny

    November 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    These satanic introductions by European leaders emphasize more the reality of the coming of Christ. Letz draw closer to God. “Towards the end, men will be lovers of selves,etc”. Lord have mercy!

  3. Romanus ifeanyi

    November 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    God created adam and eve not adam and steve.Lets call a spade a spade.That’s satanic.

  4. George

    November 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    What an abormination in the land,o God save us

  5. chichi

    November 6, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    I know by now God might be regretting eva creating human-beings in His image and after his likeness.
    But at the sametime weda men like it or not each and evryone of us must bow /give account of his lives on this earth.Thats all,if u are doing good stick to that if Satan has bought you over look for a solution becos God cares for us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus-christ to die for us but now men are paying God back with a kinda evil adoptions.Beware.

  6. Vincent oliver

    November 6, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Dis is completely crazy and unbelieveable,how on earth will a mature man get married to his fellow man…….dis is nonsense..IF NOT DAT GOD IS MERCIFUL,THE SIN DAT IS COMMITTED NOWADAYS IS WORSTER AND MORE GRAVIOUS THAN DAT OF DE SODDOM AND GOMORHER

  7. Emma Enenche

    November 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    God wil nt 4giv him if he pass dat bil.

  8. Prince Chelsea Emeh Ojo

    November 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Wot sort of nonsense is this….dis is total EVIL….how nd y in d world should ppl try to make gay marriage legal….may God b d judge of dis….end time is near! Am wit Jesus Christ…choose who u wit…

  9. SAVIOUR

    November 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    SIGH OF ANTICHRIST GOD HELP UR CHILDREN IT IS ALRAEDY WRITEN BY D GREAT PROGRAMMER

  10. Pop

    March 5, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Sodom and Gomorah, milstones, fire and earthquakes . Have mercy Lord Jesus

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