By Dan Littauer
Filed: Friday, December 23, 2011
The Scottish Government has been conducting a consultative process on its intention to institute marriage equality by legislating to lift the ban on same-sex marriage in Scotland. Such legislation will enable same-sex couples to register as a married couple, whilst today they are restricted to a “civil partnership.”
But the most organized and vociferous campaign against same-sex marriage has been headed by the Scottish Catholic Church — its leader, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has recently said that same-sex marriage will be “forfeiting the trust” of the nation, and “shaming Scotland in the eyes of the world.”
O’Brien has further argued that “all children deserve to begin life with a mother and father, the evidence in favor of the stability and well being which this provides is overwhelming and unequivocal.”
Asked by Pink News UK to substantiate this “evidence,” the Catholic Church of Scotland provided discredited research studies propagated by anti-LGBT hate groups based in the USA.
One of the studies was by Paul Cameron, who argued in a 1998 paid for publication that same-sex relationships “lead to shorter life expectancies” which further compares homosexuality to “tobacco addiction” claiming it “damages health” in a similar way.