Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in California, Pope Benedict XVI has once again said that same-sex unions cannot be compared to heterosexual marriage.

Speaking at a meeting of representatives of Catholic family organisation on Friday, he reiterated that in the eyes of the Catholic Church marriage can only defined as being between a man and a woman.

“The union of love, based on matrimony between a man and a woman, which makes up the family, represents a good for all society that cannot be substituted by, confused with, or compared to other types of unions,” he was quoted as saying.

The Catholic Church and the Pope have been vocal in opposing the legalisation of same-sex marriage around the world.

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court ruled that domestic partnership laws are not a good enough substitute for marriage.

Once the ruling is officially published in about a month, same-sex couples will be able to receive a civil marriage license in California.

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