El Salvador Readies to Protect Marriage

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, APRIL 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Though legislators are still wrestling on wording, the El Salvador Constitution will likely soon define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

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Today, Congress decided to take up the issue again next week, before the May 1 end of this legislative session. But with 56 votes, expected to be easily gained, the constitution will recognize only heterosexual marriages and deny adoption to homosexual couples.

Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador met Tuesday with legislators to discuss why marriage needs protecting in El Salvador. He emphasized that it is not discrimination against those with a different sexual orientation, since their liberties are still protected.

«The only thing we want is to safeguard the good of the family, the good of matrimony, the good of society,» he said in his intervention. «What we want is to put up padlocks so that society’s values are held firm.»

The Church presented to Congress on Monday some 300,000 signatures of citizens who support the ratification of the constitutional amendment.

The amendment was already approved in 2006 during the previous legislative session, but it needs to be approved again now to be ratified.

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