Pope Benedict XVI is being called on to
limit speaking out against gay marriage during his upcoming visit to
Speaking on Monday to a gathering of
diplomats from nearly 180 countries accredited to the Vatican, the
pope warned that gay marriage threatens humanity.
He said that children need proper
“settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based
on the marriage of a man and a woman.”
“This is not a simple social
convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society.
Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human
dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.
The leftist lawmaker Leticia Quezada
criticized the pope's remarks and appealed to religious leaders to
“adopt a language according to the times we are living,” the
Spanish news agency EFE reported.
She said that it was “high time”
the leaders of the world, starting with the pontiff, realize “that
making such comments encourages hatred and discrimination.”
Quezada noted that gay marriage is
legal in Mexico City.
“The Mexican government should set an
example and avoid these kinds of homophobic and hurtful comments,”
The pope is scheduled to arrive in
Mexico for a 3-day visit on March 23.