Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, Mexico has stated his opposition to same-sex ''marriage” in Mexico City, not only because it goes against the dignity of the family, but also due to the legislation's “repercussions” on society.
The archbishop denied that “the Catholic Church wants a ‘sin’ to be criminalized,” as some have argued. However, he clarified that the Church “disapproves of marriages between people of the same sex because they undermine the foundation of the institution of the family.”
“That people want to carry on a sexual relationship and do what they wish in the privacy of their bedrooms can’t be punished by the State or turned into a crime,” he said. “What concerns the Church is elevating that to the category of marriage, because this goes against the dignity at the heart of the family.”
“Because of this,” he continued, “legislation of this nature has repercussions on the cultural perception of society.”
“Laws make up the culture of a society,” the archbishop continued, “and when norms establish these types of conduct, a permissive cultural atmosphere is created that sees (these unions) as totally legitimate.”
“It wasn’t the Church that invented the family and marriage, in reality it is something that is part of the very nature of the human being, it is written in the very complementary constitution of the sexes ordered toward fertility. This is, in reality, what is destroyed when the legal category of marriage is given to a union of this kind,” the archbishop concluded.