10 May 2007, 14:05
Latvian Catholic leader calls homosexuality a sort of prostitution
Moscow, May 10, Interfax - Cardinal Janis Pujats, head of the Catholic Church in Latvia, has described homosexuality as ‘absolute depravity in sexual behavior’ and a ‘unnatural form of prostitution’.
In his open letter, he urges the government to defend ‘the traditional family values against the libertinism of homosexuals’, the GayRussia.ru has reported on Thursday.
‘We cannot keep silence. In a month’s time, there will be calls to tolerate homosexuality in the context of another attempt to organize a pride march on June 3’, Cardinal Pujats writes.
The cardinal has urged the Latvian government to stop what he calls ‘an action inspired from abroad, in which a handful of people with dubious morality tries to force the government to accept their perverted views’.
‘No international document on human rights views homosexuality as a sign of minority to be protected’, he stressed.
Cardinal Pujats noted that if a gay parade was held in his country, it would be ‘a real attack on the national morality, religion and family values’, adding that people ‘will not watch it in silence’.
He also pointed to the need to hold a referendum in Latvia on same-sex marriages.
According to a poll conducted this spring, 62% of the Riga population are against the march, while 17,5% are in favor of it and 20% of the people in the Latvian capital found it difficult to answer this question.