Catholic Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire, is urging Dominica to stay away from same sex marriages and has reiterated the church’s stance on the matter.
“In that area of life, the church has its own position, we cannot change the rules of the scriptures, we cannot change how God sees things,” Bishop Malzaire said.
Same sex marriages and gay rights have been gaining worldwide attention in recent times. US President Barack Obama mentioned the word “gay” for the first time in a presidential swearing-in speech when he was sworn in for his second term in office earlier this year.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said in his address on the Capitol steps after his swearing in.
On February 7, 2013, Britain’s House of Commons voted to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, culminating seven hours of heated debate. The bill now goes to committee and then to the House of Lords. But its approval in the House of Commons makes it highly likely that it will eventually become law.
The measure puts Britain on track to join other European nations, such as Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands, in opening up marriage to homosexual couples.
Last week Tuesday, February 12, France’s lower house of parliament approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
Bishop Malzaire said he cannot tell anyone how to live their lives but his understanding of marriage is that of one between a man and a woman. “I cannot legislate for anybody how they have to live their lives,” he noted. “But I have to present it to humanity how the church understands how humanity should live and my understanding of marriage has to happen between a male and a female.”
He argued it that is the church’s stance and it will remain unchanged. “That is where the church is and that is where the church will be,” he said.