Providence bishop claims marriage equality 'unnecessary'

Associated Press
January 7, 2013

The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholic Diocese has again entered the debate over gay marriage, calling it "immoral and unnecessary." Bishop Thomas Tobin released a statement Monday urging lawmakers to drop legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Tobin says the Catholic Church rejects the "homosexual lifestyle" and says gay marriage poses a threat to religious freedom. Tobin also argues Rhode Island should wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the federal law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. He says that if the state must consider gay marriage, it should be placed before voters as a referendum.