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Sebelius pans statement

August 1, 2003


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday weighed in on the Vatican's new condemnation of same-sex marriages.

Sebelius, who is Catholic, said, "It's unfortunate that the Vatican doesn't concentrate on some of the issues ... within the church that are so troubling."

Sebelius didn't elaborate, but her press office said she was referring to the recent scandals involving the church, including cases of priests molesting young boys.

The Vatican in a strongly worded document approved by Pope John Paul II urged Catholic politicians to vote against any legislation that would recognize gay marriage.

Asked if she had a position on gay marriage, Sebelius said, "No, I don't."

She added: "Looking at the debate, I think this Legislature has gone on record a number of times opposing various kinds of unions outside of the traditional husband-and-wife marriage. I don't think that is likely to change."

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