July 4, 2018 – Statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia to the Coman case
4 July 2018 Slovak Bishops published joined statement on the Coman case
which was discussed also during the 90 plenary session of Slovak
Statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia to the Coman case
P: 3, 04. 07. 2018 12:09, DOM
Nitra, July 4 (TK KBS) During the 90th plenary session of KBS, which took place on 3 and 4 July 2018 in Nitra, Bishops issued a joint opinion on the Coman case. We bring it in full.
“The marriage of one man and one woman will always be the most appropriate environment for child upbringing. Presenting other forms of cohabitation as equal alternatives is misguided and counterfeit, not justifying, disorder.
The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg, in its Coman judgment, contributed to legal and social confusion when it found that the capacity of a “husband” was gender neutral. According to the court, it also applies to people of the same sex, and EU Member States are obliged to make a stay in their territory on the basis of the so- homosexual marriage.
So far, the laws have guaranteed the benefits of an economic nature only to the natural marriage of a woman’s husband as a basic cell of society. The state has made it clear that marriage has a special status because it is generating new generations and investing in the family is the best investment in the future of the country.
Legal recognition and economic support for types of volunteers that do not even have the potential for the natural progeny of the offspring sends a disorienting message to young people in particular. Recognition of homosexual bundles as an equal marriage of a female man causes them to be able to receive benefits even without deposits and without any obligation. This creates scope for further expressions of self-interest and injustice: childcare in assisted reproduction and substitute motherhood.
Governments and representatives of countries in European and international structures involved in law-making and interpretation should consider the implications of their decisions. The Member States have not been required by European Union law to recognize same-sex relationships as marriages (whether for the purpose of a stay or other reason).
In Nitra, 4th July 2018
Official translation available from Press Office of the Slovak Bishops Conference