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Britain's Top Catholic Calls on Scottish Government to Hold Referendum on Gay Marriage

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's top Catholic, says that "intense public interest in the issue" warrants a public referendum on same-sex marriage in Scotland, as the government prepares to announce legislation on it, the BBC reports:

ObrienScots ministers, who favour same-sex marriage, are to announce legislation this week after their consultation resulted in 80,000 responses.

Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships and the Holyrood government has insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold gay weddings in churches...

...Cardinal O'Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, said the marriage consultation received three times more responses than the government's consultation on the independence referendum, which saw more than 26,000 people share their views.

O'Brien already plans to fund a campaign opposing marriage equality to the tune of £100,000 through special church collections.

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  1. Another old unmarried closet queen in fancy robes trying to brandish his "heterosexual" credentials?

    Posted by: john patrick | Jul 16, 2012 9:42:25 AM

  2. The RC church proposing a referendum on Equal Marriage, hmmm. Perhaps a referendum on the legitimacy of allowing priests to rape children and then be shuffled around from parish to parish, country to country, complete with name changes to protect the guilty, all the while shielded by the Vatican would be more appropriate.

    Posted by: rich705 | Jul 16, 2012 9:50:30 AM

  3. According to wikipedia (I know, but it's the quickest resource available at the moment), 19% of the population of Scotland are Roman Catholic. When you consider that a much smaller percentage would actually be in good standing with the church and attend Mass regularly, I'd say that this Cardinal has some cheek in telling anyone in the government what to do.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 16, 2012 10:13:02 AM

  4. It is a misuse of the referendum process. It has nothing to do with most people or him unless he is jealous. Most people don't care.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 16, 2012 10:14:18 AM

  5. I hope the good Catholics of Scotland like the fact that their tithes are being spent in this way. I'm guessing they won't. What an evil old man this priest must be. So much good he could be doing with this money, yet he chooses to use it in trying to deprive people of equality. He should beg God for forgiveness.

    Posted by: Abel | Jul 16, 2012 10:31:41 AM

  6. Perhaps they should have a referendum on the Catholic Church instead ?

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jul 16, 2012 10:38:21 AM

  7. The Catholic Church has chutzpah, I'll give them that.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 16, 2012 10:48:53 AM

  8. i got an idea. There's also intense interest in Scotland on why Catholic schools there are publicly funded. So tell you what, Mr O'Brien, let's roll the dice and put that question on the referendum too?

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jul 16, 2012 11:47:36 AM

  9. Interesting how a tyrannical, absolute monarchy is suddenly interested in democracy when they think the results would be in their favor

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 16, 2012 11:48:20 AM

  10. Let's have a referendum on whether Catholic bishops should be allowed to parade around in dresses and wear all those jeweled crosses.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 16, 2012 11:48:35 AM

  11. Apparantly NOM has its' tenticles in Scotland too.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 16, 2012 12:45:56 PM

  12. If somebody is Britain's top Catholic, it is the Archbishop of Westminster, not any bishop in Scotland.

    Posted by: Desiderius | Jul 16, 2012 2:51:45 PM

  13. @ Randall, On the Catholic schools idea, when Irish Catholic immigrants arrived in droves in Scotland, public schools did not allow them in, so the Catholics organized their own schools, which very quickly became very good schools, independent of the state. When the state reformed education, the Catholic schools were persuaded to become part of the system by being allowed to keep their faith as a central part of the school curiculum. Any child, regardless of faith can go to a Catholic school, and today their are many Muslims attending Catholic schools in Scotland. @ Desiderius, Cardinal O'Brien is Britain's leading Catholic. As soon as the Scottish Parliament passes same sex marriage my partner I will get married in Glasgow.

    Posted by: Angus | Jul 16, 2012 6:55:55 PM

  14. There are catholic only schools, same as muslim only, same as private, same as some state schools are predominantly protestant, muslim, catholic - all children should be schooled, all made aware they have choices, regardless of parental doctrine or money. Not one country offers that, despite the chaos, abuse, misunderstanding & hardship we as a "grown up" illustrate them.

    Much as many support their children positively, ultimately attitudes are parental & peer thereof so sort yourselves out before the kids wake up.

    Posted by: Gordon | Jul 16, 2012 8:41:12 PM

  15. As for the gay marriage bit - honestly can't see why but a few gays would bother, most are happy with the legality of civil moreorless & the fannies end up getting divorced anyway. Hands up Catholics that have got divorced? Hands up divorced gay Catholics that have children? Hands up Catholics that are married, have kids & get off on footie kit on gaydar?...

    Could go on but same applies to most faiths, primarily tops & also to civil gay marrieds...

    Posted by: Gordon | Jul 16, 2012 8:49:04 PM

  16. Just imagine a Catholic cardinal saying that ordinary people should have a vote on a serious public issue. Do you think that he would support a vote on Abortion, Contraception, Women Priests, Married priests, tax exemptions for church properties, etc? Yea, when the mythical hell freezes over.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 16, 2012 11:41:31 PM

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