French Religious Leaders Assail Same-sex Unions

Say Marriage Is a Foundation of Humanity

LYON, France, FEB. 13, 2007 ( Leaders of various faiths in France have signed a statement which speaks out against same-sex unions, and calls the institution of marriage a fundamental reference point for humanity.

The statement, dated Feb. 6, is signed by Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders from Lyon. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, is a signatory.

The statement says: “The question is to know today if the law can authorize the marriage of two persons of the same sex.

“It is not a question of a simple debate in society, but of a greater choice, unprecedented in the history of humanity. It is not a gift that should be given to future generations.”

The signatories of the statement underline that “there are already enough sufferings occasioned by the fragility of family ties, not to speak of the illnesses that affect our loved ones and the mourning. This fragility is due for many to the difficulty adults have in helping young people build their lives.”

“How will the latter be able to acquire a solid formation, face their future with confidence, fulfill the obligations of a profession and build their own family in balance, if the institution of marriage is relativized?” asked the religious leaders.

“It is of capital importance not to confuse this foundational reference of humanity,” they responded.

Such an essential institution “cannot be subjected to the fluctuations of currents of thought. It is situated beyond religious differences or ideological divisions,” the statement says.

The statement adds that “it is a lie to pretend that it is indifferent for a child to grow with or without a father and mother.”

The religious leaders also stated that society is founded on the institution of marriage between a man and a woman: “Such is the original basis on which our personal lives, our families and our societies are founded. Let’s not forget that it is fragile!”

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