PROVIDENCE — The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Diocese on Monday urged state lawmakers to drop legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, which he called ‘‘immoral and unnecessary.’’
Bishop Thomas Tobin released a statement saying that while ‘‘individuals with same-sex attraction’’ are invited to be members of the Catholic Church, the church cannot support gay marriage.
‘‘The proposal to legalize ‘same-sex marriage’ in the state of Rhode Island is immoral and unnecessary,’’ Tobin said.
Tobin said lawmakers should wait for the US Supreme Court to take up challenges to the federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. He added that if the state must consider gay marriage, it should go before voters as a referendum.
A coalition of more than 100 leaders from other religious groups issued a statement Monday supporting the legislation.