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French Catholic Church Targets Gay Marriage

Wednesday Aug 15, 2012

PARIS (AP) - Gay marriage and adoption are in the spotlight in France as the Catholic Church is using a religious holiday to urge politicians to protect heterosexual traditions.

Socialist President Francois Hollande has said he wants a law allowing gay marriage and adoption next year.

While polls suggest most French are in favor, this is a traditionally Catholic country. For Wednesday's Assumption holiday, the French bishops' conference asked priests to read a prayer calling on politicians to follow "their conscience" and resist requests by special interests, and stressing the importance of "the love of a father and a mother."

The Sipa news agency reported that some parishes ignored the suggested prayer and that churchgoers were divided over whether the church should get involved in politics.

Gay rights group Act Up posted a video online mocking the recommended prayer.

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  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-15 23:16:14

    Every child deserves to be loved, nurtured and protected by two all means keep them away from the catholics, Baptists, mormans, jahovahs & born again freaks.

  • gdhamf, 2012-08-16 04:41:43

    lmao Jed I could not agree more!

  • Wayne M., 2012-08-16 21:01:00

    The Roman Catholic church would make better use of its energies by ensuring all priests, bishops etc. responsible for child sexual abuse and the cover-up of child sexual abuse are brought to justice for their crimes. As for marriage, rather than interfering with the rights of same sex couples to enter into a faithful marriage, the Catholic Church and all churches would do well to ensure they actually support all marriages and take steps to ensure people who marry take their vows seriously.

  • GAG'EM, 2012-08-18 15:21:16

    Fortunately the Catholic church in France is fast becoming obsolete, unlike in the U.S.

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