Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is ‘defeat for humanity’

May 27, 2015 by

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Guardian A senior Vatican official has attacked the legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland. The referendum that overwhelmingly backed marriage equality last weekend was a “defeat for humanity”, he claimed. “I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to...

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Statement by Core Issues Trust on the Irish Referendum on Gay Marriage

May 26, 2015 by

Core Issues Trust offers its gratitude to the many thousands of citizens who voted against changing the Irish Constitution to replace marriage as the union between one man and one woman for life, with a new concept which takes no account of the sex of the marriage partners. The Irish Government’s poll has enabled simple majoritarianism to usher in a radically new model of marriage based on the lowest possible construct: love while it lasts. Denying that all marriage is thereby redefined, the...

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Nicky Morgan branded a hypocrite after backing Irish gay marriage referendum having voted against it...

May 25, 2015 by

By Helen Nianias, Independent: Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has been accused of double standards after praising Ireland for voting to legalise marriage between same-sex couples. Morgan voted against equal marriages when given the chance to do so in 2013, saying that her Christian faith and the impression she got from her constituents led her to oppose the bill. The Irish referendum found that 62 per cent* of the electorate supported same-sex marriages, while only 38 per cent opposed the...

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Northern Ireland under pressure after Irish gay marriage referendum win

May 25, 2015 by

By Henry McDonald, Guardian: Politicians in Northern Ireland will face intense pressure from LGBT rights campaigners to “catch up” with the rest of western Europe after the Irish Republic overwhelmingly backed same-sex marriage in a referendum. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions will join Amnesty International and gay rights group the Rainbow Project to hold a mass rally in support of equal marriage rights on 13 June, while a legal test case has also been lodged with Belfast’s courts. After...

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Support for same-sex marriage has leaps after change in law

May 24, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Support for same-sex marriage has leapt sharply since changes to the law allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed in mainland Britain, research shows. Analysis seen by The Sunday Telegraph of data gathered for the British Social Attitudes survey, the biggest and longest-running barometer of public opinion of its kind, shows that the proportion of the population that “strongly” supports same-sex marriage leapt by a fifth in a year after the law was changed. It...

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Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

May 24, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete...

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