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Ireland bishop compares gay people to Down syndrome

Ireland bishop compares gay people to Down syndrome

An Irish Catholic bishop said on Monday (9 March) that homosexuality was not part of God’s plan — like Down syndrome or spina bifida.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran made the comments on NewsTalk Breakfast radio while urging his countrymen to vote against the upcoming referendum on gay marriage.

When asked whether God had intended for homosexuality, he replied: ‘That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended.’

‘The thing about it is, I can’t see it in the mind of God.’

The host pointed out that sexual orientation was not a disability, to which Doran responded: ‘Well, I’m not entering into that.’

‘I’m just saying it would be wrong to suggest that everything that happens, happens because God intended it. If that were the case, we’d be talking about a very different kind of God.’

The bishop also said LGBTI people with children ‘are not parents.’

‘They may have children – but that’s the point – people who have children are not necessarily parents,’ he said.

‘This legislation that the government is introducing – the Children and Family Relationships Bill – seems primarily focused about making it possible for people in various different relationships to have children. It’s not about ensuring that children have their parents.’

Doran added that it was wrong for women to ‘get back’ at rapists by having abortions.