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RI Bishop Tobin calls gay marriage 'ill-advised social experiment;' marriage-equality group calls him 'uninformed'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholics is renewing his opposition to gay marriage, calling it an "ill-advised social experiment."

Bishop Thomas Tobin writes in this week's The Rhode Island Catholic that same-sex marriage is a "serious sin" and poses a threat to religious liberty because those who oppose it are often labeled intolerant. He says the debate over gay marriage distracts state leaders from more important issues.

Tobin says the Diocese of Providence will work to defeat any attempt to pass gay marriage legislation.

A law allowing civil unions went into effect last summer.

Tobin says the diocese isn't attacking gays, but that the backing of gay marriage legislation attempts to "rationalize such behavior."

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