O’Brien quits talks with government21 August 2012
Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien has suspended direct talks with the Scottish government on gay marriage because his views on the issue are routinely ignored, according to his spokesman.
The cardinal has been a consistently outspoken critic of the Scottish National Party government's plans to introduce gay weddings, which ministers say could take place by 2015.
In a letter to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the cardinal asked for any future discussions between the Church and government on the issue of same-sex marriage to take place between officials.
The spokesman for the cardinal, Peter Kearney, told BBC Scotland: "Cardinal O'Brien is really keen that the perspective and the position of the Catholic Church is conveyed to the Scottish government, but he isn't convinced that he necessarily has to do that in person."
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