La Paz, Bolivia, May 24, 2012 / 15:05 pm
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 “a grave threat to the family” 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 country’s Constitution recognizes marriage as “only between one man and one woman.”
Marriage is defined by the fact that it is “a 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.”