.- The bishops of Bolivia told the country's lawmakers that the State has the duty to protect marriage between a man and a woman, urging them to not adopt a that a bill allowing same-sex unions.
In a statement issued May 23, the bishops warned that the bill is âa grave threat to the familyâ as it has been understood throughout Bolivian history and society. The proposed bill is currently in committee and no date has been set for it vote before the full congress.
In their remarks, the bishops noted that the countryâs Constitution recognizes marriage as âonly between one man and one woman.â
Marriage is defined by the fact that it is âa social institution based on sexual complimentarity. This makes the fulfillment of the two equal ends of marriage possible: the mutual love between the spouses and the procreation of children.â
In addition, they added, Christ raised it âto the level of a sacrament, as a sign of his love for the Church.â
Homosexual unions, on the other hand, are incapable of âgenerating life, ensuring the full development of children and ensuring the continuity of society,â the bishops said.
âAllowing children to live with such couples poses a danger to their normal psycho-social development and is an attack on their rights.â
The bishops also noted that the fact that same-sex relationships are not recognized as marriage does not equal discrimination.
âThe civil rights of homosexuals should be regulated by common law, like those of any other citizen. Every human being, as a child of God, deserves to be recognized and respected in his or her dignity and fundamental rights,â the bishops said.
They encouraged Bolivians to âdefend the principles and values of marriage and the family as institutionsâ that bring âtrue human happiness and contribute to the stability and continuity of society.â