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Catholic Church Sent Representative To Oppose Florida Domestic Partnership Bill

by David Badash on February 20, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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In what can only be viewed as an extension of Pope Benedict XVI‘s declared international religious holy war on gays, the Catholic Church actually sent a representative to speak out against  a Florida domestic partnership bill yesterday.

READ: Florida Lawmakers Just Defeated A Domestic Partnership Bill In The Year 2013

Michael B. Sheedy (image, top,) the Director for Public Policy of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops spoke before Florida Senate committee that heard supporters and opponents of a simple, basic, bill that would create a domestic partnership registry.

Claiming domestic partnership might diminish the institution of marriage in the eyes of some, Sheedy told the state senators that the Catholic Church’s “primary concern with this bill is that it does blur the distinction between marriage and all other types of social relationships.”

Sheedy lamented that “by many measures, marriage and family life is struggling, is declining,” and concluded that the domestic partnership bill would merely be “broadening the definition of what constitutes a family” and therefore would not be helping people, but rather, would create confusion.

Sheedy also told the senators that in Spain, the rate of marriage declined when alternatives, like domestic partnerships, were introduced. Spain.

Sheedy, answering a question from state senator Jeff Clemens, said, “I’ve heard anecdotes of people not having access to loved ones in times of trial, those are certainly very problematic stories to hear.”

Senator Clemens responded, “They’re not ‘anecdotal’ — they’re the people sitting behind you.”


You can view the entire hearing on The Florida Channel’s website. Sheedy’s testimony begins at about the 70 minute mark.



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BeerandOnion February 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

“They’re not ‘anecdotal’ — they’re the people sitting behind you.”

So many times when individuals try to defend their bigotry, they forget there are otrher individuals involved. Not gays, not gay parents; people. People with a history and dreams and love of family.

rob411 February 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I for one have had enough of the back woods thinking in Tallahassee. This issue is not going away. You will either side with what is right, the will of the people, or you will be voted out.
As for the catholic church speaking to government representatives in official proceedings, shouldn't they lose their tax exempt status? Tax the catholic church and vote out those who voted against.

goodasU March 7, 2013 at 11:59 am

Sorry, but "the will of the people" is all too often WRONG. Just ask the Lovings. Or Rosa Parks.

Robroberts2013 February 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

When did the Catholic Church cease doing good and become a global force of bigotry, hate and child abuse?

Coxhere February 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

Sheedy says: “. . . .broadening the definition of what constitutes a family and therefore would not be helping people. . . ." He can only say this because he and the Roman church he represents don't think Gay human beings are people. Why wasn't this challenged? Why didn't someone ask for clarification? Why didn't someone ask point-blank: "Are Gay human beings people to the Roman church?"

goodasU March 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

No, they aren't. They're "unnatural" and "disordered".

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