“The Catholic diocese of Basel has applauded current initiatives in Switzerland to legalize same-sex civil ‘marriage.’ Official spokesman Hansruedi Huber was quoted on August 30 by the Luzerner Zeitung as saying the diocese supports the efforts of the Swiss National Council in that direction. Huber also made clear, according to the press article, that the diocese is not opposed to a form of blessing for same-sex relationships.
Huber’s words were a reaction to the debate presently dividing Swiss society after the Swiss National Council’s legal commission’s February decision approving the possibility of a same-sex civil ‘marriage’ law by 19 votes to 4. On that same August 30, the legal commission approved same-sex ‘marriage,’ rejecting by a single vote, however, aims to allow lesbian couples to obtain sperm donation. The draft law is expected to be examined by the Swiss Parliament during its next term. Reformed church leaders will meet in November to discuss the issue and remain divided, although the Swiss Protestant Churches Federation’s president has shown himself clearly in favor of the new law.
Now a part of the Catholic Church in Switzerland also appears to be leaning more and more heavily in that direction.
‘We welcome the planned regulations that provide homosexual partnerships with stable and reliable legal security. It is important to us that children who grow up in same-sex partnerships are given a legal framework that serves the welfare of the child,’ Hansruedi Huber of the diocese of Basel was quoted as saying.”