LONDON (AP) -- The head of the Catholic Church in Scotland has fiercely attacked the British government's plans to allow gay marriage, calling the proposals "madness."
In an article for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Scottish Roman Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien accuses the coalition government of trying to "redefine reality."
He says the proposals to allow same-sex unions are "madness," calling the idea "a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right."
Prime Minister David Cameron has openly advocated gay marriage. Later this month, the equalities minister will launch a consultation on how to change the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
O'Brien wrote in the newspaper that such plans would "shame the United Kingdom."