The bishops of Scotland have pledged their “strenuous opposition” as the Scottish government considers a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.
“At the heart of this debate however there is one perspective which seems to be completely lost or ignored, it is the point of view of the child,” the cardinal wrote.“Same-sex marriage means same-sex parenting, and same-sex parenting means that our society deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.”
...On September 12, Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley issued his formal response to the government consultation.
"A Government which favours and allows for same sex 'marriage' does wrong. It fails in its duty to society," he wrote. "It undermines the common good. It commits an act of cultural vandalism. Such a government does not deserve the trust which the nation, and including many in the Catholic community, has shown in it."
"Government should not be persuaded by voices which declare that any opposition to same sex 'marriage' is the result of homophobic bigotry," Bishop Tartaglia added. "This is not only false, but is itself an illiberal and undemocratic intolerance which only seeks to close down rational argument and to intimidate people into acquiescence."