London, England, Jul 17, 2013 / 23:07 pm
Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British parliament's "gay marriage" bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a "profound social change" that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.
"Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man and a woman and for the upbringing and care of their children," the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said July 17. "It has, for this reason, rightly been recognized as unique and worthy of legal protection."
The law would allow the contracting of same-sex "marriages" in England and Wales, but not Scotland or Northern Ireland, beginning next year.
The bishops said that the new law removes from marriage both the centrality of children and the responsibility for mothers and fathers to remain together to care for children.