Pope Francis has backed hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics and other pro-traditional marriage supporters who marched against proposals to legalize gay marriage in Mexico over the weekend, saying that he supports the defense of “family and life.”
“I join willingly the bishops of Mexico in supporting the efforts of the Church and civil society in favor of the family and of life, which at this time require special pastoral and cultural attention worldwide,” Francis said after the weekly Angelus prayer, Crux Catholic Media reported on Sunday.
The Associated Press reported that as many as 215,000 people attended the traditional marriage rally, according to the National Front for the Family. They were dressed in white and carried white balloons in support of traditional marriage, or the union between one man and one woman.
The marches in Mexico City were aimed directly against President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plans to legalize same-sex marriage, which has caused great controversy in the largely Catholic country.
Evangelicals also joined the march, with Pastor Abraham Ledesma from the border city of Reynosa explaining that the protest is “not against anybody’s (sexual) identity.”
“What we are against is the government imposition … of trying to impose gender ideology in education. As religious leaders, we don’t want to be forced to marry same-sex couples and call it marriage,” Ledesma said.
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Stoyan Zaimov