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Catholic bishops calls gay marriage ruling ‘national tragedy’

By Steve LeBlanc

Massachusetts’ Roman Catholic bishops are telling parishioners that a state court decision supporting gay marriage is a “national tragedy” that could “erode even further the institution of marriage.”

In a strongly worded letter to be read at Mass this weekend, the bishops also said the Supreme Judicial Court’s mid-May deadline for the Legislature to rewrite marriage laws to provide benefits for gay couples is too rushed.

The bishops, among the leading opponents of the ruling, urged parishioners “to contact the governor and their state legislators to urge them to find a way to give our citizens more time to deal with this issue.”

Boston Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley and Bishops Thomas Dupre, Daniel P. Reilly and George Coleman also complained that the state high court ruling promotes “divisions in society by villainizing as bigotry the legitimate defense of thousands of years of tradition.

Read the original article at: The STart

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