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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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l vs. gay marriages

The Roman Catholic dioceses in Negros yesterday aired support for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines call for individuals and politicians to actively oppose same-sex marriages.

The CBCP, in a statement issued Sunday, said individuals should refuse to take part in ceremonies celebrating same-sex relationships and politicians should resist legalizing marriages of homosexual couples.

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said he supports the position of the CBCP and Pope Francis against same sex marriages.

Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City, said the Diocese of Bacolod is also opposed to same-sex unions. Marriage should be between a man and woman for the purpose of mutual love and propagation of children, he said.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, in a statement issued Sunday, said "A homosexual union is not and can never be a marriage as properly understood…There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and the family."

The statement said Catholic lawmakers have "a moral duty" to oppose moves to pass a law that could allow same-sex marriage.*CPG



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