|Germany||BISHOPS RESIST GAY MARRIAGE MOVES|
German Catholic leaders have criticised government plans to allow the registration of same-sex relationships.|
Bishop Karl Lehmann of Mainz, the president of the bishops' conference, described the proposals as "dishonest and deceptive" and said although the term "marriage" was not used, the effect of the changes would be to make the new legal form almost indistinguishable from marriage.
In an article for Der Spiegel magazine, Bishop Johannes Dyba of Fulda described the new law as "a departure from the order of nature, a hollowing-out of the constitution, and a further fatal step toward degeneration, in the most literal sense of the word".
|27 July 00|