Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh has challenged the Scottish government to hold a nationwide referendum on same-sex“marriage,” following its commitment to schedule a vote for independence. The cardinal has thrown down his challenge only 24 hours before the government is likely to announce its official view on same-sex“marriage.”
Last week an opinion poll found that 55 percent of Scots want the legal definition of marriage to remain a union between a man and a woman. The survey, commissioned by the campaign group Scotland for Marriage, also found that 50 percent were in favor of a referendum to settle the issue.
“Marriage is under threat and politicians need to know the Catholic Church will bear any burden and meet any cost in its defense,” he said.