New Mexico's bishops say domestic partnership bill would undermine true nature of marriage
Santa Fe, NM, Feb 12, 2010 / 07:14 am (CNA).-
The bishops of New Mexico have voiced opposition to a bill in the state legislature that would create domestic partnerships for opposite- and same-sex couples, saying it would undermine the “true nature” of marriage and would serve as a foundation for the implementation of same-sex “marriage.” Last week the bill passed the Senate Judiciary and Senate Public Affairs Committee. It needed to pass the Senate Finance Committee before heading for a full vote, KFOXTV.com reports. (I love how CNS always puts 'marriage' in quotes when it comes to gay marriage.)
In a January statement, the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops (NMCCB) said they cannot support the proposal because of “ethical concerns.” They said the language could serve as a “stepping stone” for a state court’s future approval of same-sex marriage. (Seems to me there are other goings on in New Mexico that should generate far more 'ethical' concerns.)
Citing Jesus’ words about how a man and woman become “one flesh,” they emphasized the unique nature of marriage as a “permanent bond” between man and woman that is “naturally ordered” towards authentic union and new life. (What about that other permanent bond in New Mexico between Los Alamos and the state legislature?)
They also voiced concerns that the bill would lead to the teaching of homosexuality in public schools and would affect religious freedom.
The bishops’ statement made clear they oppose any unjust discrimination and “emphatically” condemn hate crimes directed at anyone, including those of homosexual orientation. (Blah, blah, blah. How many openly celibate gay employees do these non discriminatory bishops have? Probably none. Where as they have a whole lot working for Los Alamos or other DOD contractors.)
Catholic News Agency contacted the NMCCB for further comment but did not receive a response by publication time.
This holy ethical concern over gay partnerships is utterly laughable. New Mexico probably has as many nuclear war heads as it does gay couples, with more on the way. Last I checked, two nuclear warheads destroyed Nagasaki and Hiroshima, not two men having sex.