Vatican Stands Firm against Gay Marriage; Roman Catholic Church Frames Itself as Lone Voice of Courage, despite Victories for Homosexuals in Elections

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VATICAN CITY The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this past week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can be only between a man and a woman.

In a front-page article in Saturdays Vatican newspaper LOsservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the popes spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents dont now push for legal recognition for polygamous relationships as well.

Catholic teaching holds that homosexuals should be treated with dignity but that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. The Vatican also opposes same-sex marriage, insisting on the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman as the foundation for society.

The Vaticans anti-gay marriage media blitz came after three U.S. states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote in the election that returned Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency, Spain upheld its gay marriage law, and France pushed ahead with legislation that could see gay marriage legalized early next year.

One might say the church, at least on this front, has been defeated, LOsservatore Romano wrote. But thats not the case.

The article insisted that Catholics were putting up a valiant fight to uphold church teaching in the face of politically correct ideologies invading every culture of the world that are backed by institutions such as the United Nations, which last year passed a nonbinding resolution condemning anti-gay discrimination. …