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Friday, May 21, 2004

France's Roman Catholic Church objects to first gay marriage

The Roman Catholic Church joined the growing debate over gay marriage in France by voicing its objection in an article published Friday to a proposed summer wedding between two men.
"I must state my disagreement," Archbishop Jean-Pierre Ricard, president of the Conference of

Bishops of France, wrote in L'Aquitaine, a bimonthly regional journal of the Bordeaux diocese, and the national Catholic daily La Croix. "Our society could not put the union of a man and a woman, which can lead to the birth of new human beings, on the same plane as two like beings, which cannot."

Ricard said the church objects to gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples not only on religious grounds but also as a means "to support the founding principles of social life itself. It must be said [that] a child, born from the union of a man and a woman, needs a father and a mother."

Green Party lawmaker Noel Mamere plans to perform France's first same-sex wedding on June 5, which has prompted national debate and a government denunciation. The ceremony will take place in the southwestern French town of Begles, where Mamere is mayor.


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