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R.I. Bishop: Gay Marriage ‘Unnecessary’

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File photo of a gay couple holding hands. (credit: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

File photo of a gay couple holding hands. (credit: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Diocese has again entered the debate over gay marriage, calling it “immoral and unnecessary.”

Bishop Thomas Tobin released a statement Monday urging lawmakers to drop legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Tobin says the Catholic Church rejects the “homosexual lifestyle” and says gay marriage poses a threat to religious freedom.

Tobin also argues Rhode Island should wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the federal law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

He says that if the state must consider gay marriage, it should be placed before voters as a referendum.

Rhode Island is the only New England state without gay marriage. State representatives are expected to vote on the matter this month.

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