Argentine LGBT group: Pope Francis will oppose 'diverse family structures'

The comments from the Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT) come as Pope Francis meets with the Argentine president, who redefined marriage.
Mon Mar 18, 2013 - 12:44 pm EST

BUENOS AIRES, March 18, 2013 ( – The head of a radical homosexual lobby in Argentina has said the election of Pope Francis is not a boon for advocates of same-sex “marriage.”

The Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT) said the election of the former Cardinal of Buenos Ares, Jorge Bergoglio, as pope, “marks a clear desire of the Vatican to radicalize its position against the recognition of diverse family structures.”

FALGBT President Esteban Paulón said that because the pope lived in Argentina after the nation redefined marriage, “he will no longer be able to make arguments from a lack of knowledge” that “Argentina today is a more equal and peaceful country.”


During the nation's debate over whether to legalize same-sex “marriage” and adoption in 2010, then-Cardinal Bergoglio called the attempt to redefine marriage “a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

"Let's not be naive," Cardinal Bergoglio wrote in a letter sent to Buenos Aires monasteries. “We're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God.”

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Paulón stated that he would regard it as “extremely positive” if the Vatican would sign on to “the United Nations Declaration Against the Penalization of Homosexuality.”

The comments come as Pope Francis met in the Vatican on Monday with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a longtime critic who signed the bill redefining marriage.

Madam President said at the time, “Bergoglio’s position is medieval.”

She stated after their meeting today that Pope Francis, who is becoming known for his informality and willingness to flout protocol, kissed her on the cheek.

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