MEXICO CITY, DEC. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- After a law allowing same-sex “marriages” was passed by Mexico City’s assembly, the archbishop of that region said that no matter the legislation, these unions will always be immoral.
Cardinal Norberto Rivera, archbishop of Mexico City, stated this after the city’s legislative assembly voted Monday to legalize these unions, and to allow adoption by same-sex couples. The mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, is expected to give the final approval of the measure.
It will never be a marriage, the prelate stated, but only a formal union between two persons of the same sex, and from the perspective of Christian values “it will always be immoral.”
He stated that the opposition to homosexual “marriage” is not discrimination, but rather “recognizing and defending marriage as an essentially heterosexual institution.”
“Our children and youth run the grave risk of seeing these types of unions as normal,” the cardinal said, “and they can falsely understand that sexual differences are simply a personality type.”
In this way, he said, they will fail to appreciate the duality of human sexuality, “which is a condition for procreation, and thus, for the conservation and development of humanity.”
Cardinal Rivera continued: “Homosexual acts, in effect, close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not come from a true affective and sexual complementarity.”