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"The Catholic Church is defiant on the issue. After a meeting with Interior Minister Manuel Valls, France‚Äôs senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, warned that ‚Äúsame-sex marriages would pave the way for polygamy and incest.
‚ÄúIt would amount to a breakdown in society,‚ÄĚ the cardinal said. ‚ÄúThe consequences could be countless. Afterwards, they will want to create couples with three or four members. After that, one day maybe, the taboo of incest will fall.‚ÄĚ
Reacting to the church official‚Äôs remarks, Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris and one of France‚Äôs few openly gay politicians, told French radio Europe1 that Cardinal Barbarin clearly ‚Äúflipped his lid.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt is very shocking and even surprising coming from him because I consider him a wise man,‚ÄĚ Mr. Delanoe said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know what came over him, and what he said was downright ugly.‚ÄĚ