From The Tablet: The International Catholic Newsweekly
Catholic group pledges support for gay marriage
17 August 2012
A group of prominent Catholics have given their public support to gay marriage in England and Wales.
In a letter to The Times, on Monday, 27 people - the majority theologians and clergy - said it is "perfectly proper for Catholics using their fully informed consciences" to support the Government's plan to introduce same-sex civil marriage, despite the opposition of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
They explained: "Not all Catholics share their hierarchy's stated views against proposals to extend civil marriage to same- sex couples."
The group includes theologians Fr James Alison, Tina Beattie, Mary Grey, Fr Kevin Kelly and Gerard Loughlin.
The Catholic group's letter quotes the late Cardinal Basil Hume who wrote in 1997 that "love between two persons, whether of the same sex, or of a different sex is to be treasured and respected", and that these relationships "be afforded social recognition according to social justice principles."