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Catholic bishops oppose VAWA because they say LGBT community is "unjustly exploited for purposes of marriage redefinition"

Catholic bishops oppose VAWA because they say LGBT community is "unjustly exploited for purposes of marriage redefinition"

The Violence Against Women Act was signed yesterday by President Obama, but not without opposition from five Catholic bishops over the LGBT provisions, which they say are unjustly exploiting the LGBT community in the interests of redefining marriage as being between a man and a woman.  Religion News Service describes the opposition by the bishops:

“These two classifications are unnecessary to establish the just protections due to all persons. They undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference,” the bishops said in a statement released by the USCCB on Wednesday.

“They are unjustly exploited for purposes of marriage redefinition, and marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and with any children born from their union,” the statement continued.

The bishops also take issue with the lack of “conscience protection” for faith-based groups that help victims of human trafficking, an addition they sought after the Obama administration decided in 2011 to discontinue funding for a Catholic group that works with trafficking victims, many of whom were forced to work as prostitutes.

The administration instead funded other groups that, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, could provide a full range of women’s health services, including referrals for contraception or abortion, both of which the Catholic Church opposes.

The bishops want the legislation revisited in the future so that those provisions can be taken out.  The Internet was quick to respond, with this from The Daily Kos:

The VAWA, as we all know, was caught up in GOP games and it's passing has been drawn out far too long as it is.

Now the Bishops are all SO concerned that we will go to hell.  See you there fellas.

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