Ecuador legalises gay marriage and Catholics are furious

Ecuador legalises gay marriage and Catholics are furious June 15, 2019

ECUADOR’S Bishops’ Conference has slammed a court decision this week to legalise same-sex marriage, saying that the ruling violates the heavily Catholic country’s constitution.

The Conference rejected the decision handed down by the Constitutional Court, and parroted that tired old mantra that marriage is comprised of one man and one woman.

The Constitutional Court recognised gay marriage June 12 in a 5-4 decision.

This jubilant Ecuadorian was one of thousands who celebrated the decision. Image via YouTube.

In a statement published June 13, the bishops pointed out that:

The Constitutional Court under no argument is entitled to reform the content of the Constitution of the Republic including the concept  of marriage, defined in its Art. 67 as the union of one man and one woman.

The prelates also noted that:

Two judges on the Constitutional Court were morally and legally impeded from participating in processing these cases, as they have been lawyers in cases advancing this cause and advocates of marriage equality before being appointed judges and moreover, they previously publicly expressed their criteria in support of this claim.

The Ecuadorian bishops recalled that:

The definition of marriage, as the union of a man and a woman was approved by the Ecuadorian people through the referendum held in 2008, with 63% of the vote, precisely to protect and strengthen the institution of marriage which is the only one that guarantees the continuance of the human species and its free development, therefore five judges simply cannot go against the sovereign will of Ecuadorians.

The bishops reaffirmed their commitment to respect for human rights regardless of “age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or culture,” and reiterated their desire to:

Promote marriage between a man and a woman … as the foundation of the family and of society, an institution that must be recognized and guaranteed by the Ecuadorian Government.

The men in frocks added that the recognition of marriage and the family is finally:

A religious freedom right, recognized by the Secular State of Ecuador.

In conclusion, the bishops committed to:

Teaching children and young people that marriage according to the Christian faith is the indissoluble union between a man and a woman and that, as a fruit of that love, children are born for society and the Kingdom of God.

In the last week and a half, Bhutan and Botswana struck down anti-gay laws.

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  • Michael Neville

    It’s pure chutzpah that bunch of supposedly celibate bachelors have the hubris to pretend they have anything to say about marriage.

  • Broga

    “Teaching children and young people that marriage according to the Christian faith ……..”

    For teaching read indoctrinating.

  • Zetopan

    “A religious freedom right, recognized by the Secular State of Ecuador.”
    “… that marriage according to the Christian faith …”

    So they don’t even know what *Secular* means and they also fail to recognize that there are in excess of 47,000 different Christian sects, many of which disagree with them.*

    *Actually, they always recognize the other versions of Christianity when they claim to be the One True Christian Church but they always forget whenever it is convenient to pretend that there is only one version.

  • Norman Parron

    ANYTHING that makes catlicks furious is a very good thing!!!

  • Jim Jones

    > therefore five judges simply cannot go against the sovereign will of Ecuadorians.

    Laws aren’t a matter of popularity contests.

  • kaydenpat

    Stop molesting children. That’s what the Catholic Church should be focusing on.

  • kaydenpat

    And civil rights shouldn’t be voted on.

  • barriejohn
  • barriejohn

    That was Mass at Notre Dame. Obviously not much faith that their god would protect them!

  • Vanity Unfair

    I’m working from a translation ( ) so this is not definitive. If anyone with sufficient knowledge of Spanish wants to correct me from the original sources, please go ahead.
    I do not think that the Ecuador Constitutional Court has the power to amend the Constitution (Articles 441-444) but advises and recommends.
    The interesting (honestly) part of the Constitution comes earlier in Articles 67-68:

    Article 67. Family in its various forms is recognized. The State shall protect it as the fundamental core of society and shall guarantee conditions that integrally favor the achievement of its goals. They shall be comprised of legal or common-law ties and shall be based on the equality of rights and the opportunities of their members.
    Marriage is the union of man and woman and shall be based on the free consent of the persons entering into this bond and on the equality of rights, obligations and legal capacity.

    Article 68. The stable and monogamous union between two persons without any other marriage ties who have a common-law home, for the lapse of time and under the conditions and circumstances provided for by law, shall enjoy the same rights and obligations of those families bound by formal marriage ties.
    Adoption shall only be permitted for different-gender couples.

    There is a clear distinction between marriage and family but with the saving grace that they have the same protection and rights. My interpretation is that single-sex unions are already recognised and of equal validity with marriages. However, this is the kind of thing that lawyers like to argue about extensively and expensively. Perhaps this is what the Court decided and possibly recommended legislation. That would be within their power.
    The adoption anomaly could be tackled at the same time as any other change.
    Whether a Church would be allowed to discriminate on marriages contracted within its premises is also not obvious.

  • Sau Peih

    In God we don’t trust.

  • barriejohn

    Family in its various forms is recognized… Adoption shall only be permitted for different-gender couples.

    No room for confusion there!

  • Ohyetwetrust

    Human rights are not up for a vote, however the Ecuadorian Catholic hierarchy would like to frame it that way.
    This is just bogus. Catholic privilege has got to go!!!

  • Ohyetwetrust

    If Notre Dame had updated fireproofing for their building, this would not have happened. Other cathedrals have. This one was a firetrap.

  • Ohyetwetrust

    Most adoptions should cease and if a woman wants to keep the baby she bore, it should remain with her. Maybe all the freakout anti-abortionists would pony up some money for women who make this choice.
    Catlike go around with signs saying “Adopt don’t Abort” thus inserting themselves into the work of adoption agencies which
    do NOT support Catholic theological nonsense.

  • Mantis for ever

    Call those imbecile what they are – Incel….

  • Mantis for ever

    Anything what makes the religions furious is a good thing, there isn’t any “good” one….the Buddhists monks are killing the Rohynghas, tell me somebody a good religion!

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Good for Ecuador. We have had marriage equality here in the US for over ten years, and the Earth has not stopped in its orbit, nor did the Sun stop in its tracks.

  • Phil

    Trouble is, while the rest of the world moves forward, the US govt want to reverse all the progress.