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Canadian bishops urge government to appeal same-sex marriage ruling


The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging the country's federal government to appeal the decision of the Ontario Divisional Court allowing same-sex marriages.

In a letter to Canadian Justice Minister and Attorney General Martin Cauchon July 19, Bishop Jacques Berthelet of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Quebec, president of the bishops' conference, said the bishops were "greatly troubled" by the decision.

He noted that three years ago the Canadian Parliament overwhelmingly affirmed a statement that supported traditional marriages "to the exclusion of all others" and pledged it would take steps to preserve the "union of one man and one woman" definition of marriage.

"In keeping with this resolution, we urge you to appeal the decision of the Ontario Divisional Court," Bishop Berthelet said.

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Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CCCB's President Asks the Federal Minister of Justice to Protect the Institution of Marriage (text of statement, 19/7/02)

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CNS

24 Jul 2002