LIMA, January 25, 2011 ( – The Cardinal Archbishop Primate of Peru, Juan Luis Cipriani, has denounced the intentions of Peruvian presidential candidates to give legal recognition to unions between homosexuals.

“The proposal of nature and of God is the union of a man and a woman in marriage.  But today there is a desire to promote something similar, even though they say it is not the same, of a man with a man, a woman with another woman,” said Cipriani in a radio interview.

“Economic unions already exist, but when they give them the character of a wedding, they are working on a hidden agenda against the natural law,” the cardinal added.

The prelate’s statements came in apparent response to Peruvian presidential and vice-presidential candidates, who have openly proposed the creation of homosexual ‘marriage’ or civil unions for same-sex couples.

Manuel Rodríguez Cuadros of the Social Force party says he wants to change the constitution of Peru to create “equalized marriage” for couples of the same sex. Alejandro Toledo and Carlos Bruce, the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the ruling Possible Peru party, say they want to offer them civil unions. Former Peruvian mayor Luis Castañeda has proposed giving inheritance benefits.

Cardinal Cipriani expressed concern in the interview that some candidates were hiding their intentions behind a rhetorical “Trojan horse.”

“They shouldn’t be like the Trojan Horse, hiding proposals. Let he who wants there to be abortion, say so, he who wants gay marriage, say so, so that the voters know to whom they are giving their votes,” he said.

“One candidate has proposed [civil unions] and has put it in his governing plan,” said Cipriani. However, “two or three candidates are manipulating. They want to change the style of the society. Let them say so openly.”


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