FACT CHECK — Bishop Silva: Gay Marriage Causes Youth Suicides

Hawaii Catholic Herald

As it turns out, gay people want to wed in Hawaii. And state lawmakers are actually listening to the growing majority who support giving them this right.

Furthering the public debate, Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday released the latest draft of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. But as he considers whether to call a special session of the Legislature to consider it yet this year, conservative religious leaders are firing up their faithful followers to derail the effort.

Larry Silva, the bishop of Honolulu, sent a three-page letter to Catholics last week that explained why discrimination is OK when it comes to marriage. But of all the familiar slippery-slope tales he purports, one stands above the rest: children who have gay parents are more likely to kill themselves.

“Children will be the greatest casualties, in that they will be deprived of being raised in a loving home by a mother and a father who loves them and whose love cooperated with God’s plan in creating them,” Silva says in the letter. “When children are deprived of such a home, there will be more poverty, more social ills, more juvenile suicides, and more problems than we can imagine.”

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