FRONT ROYAL, VA, Jan 5 ( – “Courts and legislatures are trying to destroy marriage,  and religious leaders must end their silence and start speaking up in defense of it,” said Fr. Richard Welch, CSSR, JCD, President of Human Life International, in response to a recent ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court. “Vermont’s high court ordered the legislature to confer upon active homosexuals, who affirm that they reside together and commit sodomy together,  all of the legal prerogatives, rights and protections that pertain only to a husband and wife in marriage,” stated Fr. Welch. 

Welch explained that “Religious leaders and the public need to realize that this ruling does not apply to people who reside together only as roommates instead of as partners in sodomy.”“The Vermont Supreme Court ruling makes an act that until recently was a crime everywhere –  sodomy – the qualifier for receiving the legal privileges of marriage.”

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