Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI has once again slammed gay marriage, saying that it is an “attack” on the natural differences between men and women.

Benedict made the statement at an address to the Vatican diplomatic corps shortly after Portugal’s parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage in that country.

Speaking on the dangers facing the environment, the Pontiff added: “One such attack comes from laws or proposals which, in the name of fighting discrimination, strike at the biological basis of the difference between the sexes.”

In the comment he referred to “certain countries in Europe or North and South America”; thought to mean Portugal and Mexico City, which also recently legalised same-sex marriage.

The Pope has previously stated that homosexuality and same-sex unions are a threat to the survival of humanity. In December 2008 he warned that a “blurring” of genders could lead to the end of the human race.

Benedict is scheduled to visit Portugal shortly after the bill legalising same-sex marriage is expected to come into effect in the predominantly Catholic country.

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