Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani on Saturday rejected a proposed bill which would allow gay and lesbian couples to enter a civil union. The leader of the Peruvian Roman Catholic Church described such unions as a “caricature” of marriage.

Last week, Congressman Carlos Bruce announced that he would sponsor the legislation.

“This will strengthen families, because it'll add a new kind of family that is going to join their assets, they're going to have more disposable income, and they're going to pay more taxes,” Bruce is quoted as saying by Peru21. “And lastly, something else, the most important: They're going to be happier, which they have every right to be.”

Bruce explained that his bill would not allow gay couples to marry or adopt children. He's previously said that marriage remains out of reach for now.

On his Saturday radio program Dialogue of Faith, Cipriani told listeners that gay nuptials “go against all the rules and precepts of humanity,” according to a report by Notimex.

“It's an old strategy started in Spain, Italy and France, putting the shoe in the door by this law and ending up with marriage equality between homosexuals,” he said. (Italy has not legalized marriage equality)

Cipriani, also the bishop of Lima, insisted that there was no need for the lawmakers to do the “caricature” of marriage, saying that gay couples can achieve similar goals through legal contracts.