Hong Kong’s prominent Catholic Church leader, has called on Catholic voters to reject same-sex marriages and support political candidates that uphold the core values of marriage and family in future elections. In a statement on Nov. 6, Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong criticized modern social trends and liberal political movements advocating same-sex marriage "under the guise of equality and the fight against discrimination." If taken further by enacting a proposed ordinance banning sexual orientation discrimination, such trends would turn the society upside down, he warned. He urged the faithful to take into consideration the stance of each candidate and their political parties with regard to the core values of marriage and the family, and the proposed sexual orientation discrimination ordinance, in an upcoming district council election on Nov. 22 and elections in the future.
Cardinal Tong denounced a recent "workshop on lovemaking techniques" held by a students' organization at a local university where sex workers demonstrated the use of sex toys and erotic massage. Such cases, he said, show that "the core values and key concepts of marriage and of the family continually being challenged and misinterpreted." It was the second time Cardinal Tong has spoken out against same-sex marriage in less than two months. He signed a pastoral letter opposing it on Sept. 21. (Source: UCAN)