Uruguay bishops divided on transsexual referendum vote

Crux | 8/2/2019 | Staff
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ROSARIO, Argentina - On Sunday, Uruguay will hold a pre-referendum to determine if the people are interested in a vote to modify the Integral Law for Trans People, approved last year.

The Aug. 4 vote will be a “yes” or “no” vote on whether the country should have a referendum - 25 percent of the electorate would have to say “yes” for the referendum to go forward.

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Participating in the non-mandatory and non-binding vote is dividing the Catholic hierarchy.

The so-called “Trans law” was passed in October 2018. It recognizes the “health rights” of transsexuals, including hormonal treatment and sex re-assignment surgery, as well as the right to housing, employment and a reparation for institutional violence against transgender people born before 1975.

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Within the Catholic hierarchy, all the bishops who have commented on the law underlined the suffering of transsexual people and the discrimination they’ve suffered, but they also warn about the “gender ideology” that’s present in the legislation.

A chief concern is the creation of a legal framework for minors to carry out sex change hormonal therapy, even without parental consent, although reassignment surgery must still be authorized by at least one adult guardian.

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Cardinal Daniel Sturla of Montevideo said in a letter released last week that he won’t vote in the pre-referendum because there needs to be another way to “change the articles of the law that represent an ideological position of the state and, at the same time, attend to and repair the situations of discrimination transsexuals have suffered.”

Sturla also said that it’s up for individual Catholics to decide what they think is best with “maturity and freedom.”

Articles - Law - Gender - Ideology - Disassociation

“I’m against several of the articles of the law because they’re based on gender ideology and they establish a disassociation between gender and sex that is incompatible with common sense and Christian anthropology,” he wrote.

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