Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself. [The family] is threatened in many places by a faulty conception of human nature that is proven to be defective. Defending life and the family in society isn’t retrograde, rather it’s prophetic. The Church must promote those values that permit the full development of the human person.”
Pope Benedict XVI addressing French bishops at the Vatican. France’s new President, Francois Hollande, and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault both support a same-sex marriage bill coming before the legislature in October.