Same-sex marriage and the ethics of harm

May 12, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: What else will change if same-sex marriage is legalized? This is the question which voters in the United States and Ireland should be asking themselves. In the US the Supreme Court is studying whether to declare that access to marriage is a constitutional right for same-sex couples and in Ireland a referendum on amending the constitution will be held on May 22. The easy answer is, Not a bit. How could marriages between two gays or two lesbians possibly harm the...

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Overcooking the ‘equality’ cake?

May 11, 2015 by

By Michael Kirke, MercatorNet: Ireland is now in the second last week of its liberal establishment’s tiresome campaign to get the country to radically change its understanding of marriage as an institution naturally fitted to the conjugal relationship between a man and a woman. All the opinion polls are still pointing to a triumph for them. But there are warnings of hubris. This morning’ mass-circulation Sunday Independent carries that warning in a no-holds-barred column by one of the...

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Christians Who Have Avoided the Culture Wars May No Longer Have a Choice With Religious Freedom in J...

May 9, 2015 by

By Napp Nazworth, Christian Post: Christians who have so far avoided controversial “culture war” issues will likely be pulled into those battles as their religious freedom becomes threatened due to gay marriage, Dr. John Inazu warned Monday. Theologically conservative Christian non-profit organizations, including churches, could face losing their tax exempt status or being shut down, and Christian doctors, lawyers, counselors and other professionals could be forced out of their...

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Losing our religion: how freedom of conscience is taking a beating on both sides of the Atlantic

May 9, 2015 by

By Peter D Williams, Breitbart: Our freedoms of conscience and association have taken a bit of a beating over the last few years, on both sides of the Atlantic. From florists to bakers, B&B owners, pizza parlours, more bakers, even whole states, the redefinition of civil marriage laws to include the recognition of same-sex couples has led to those who dissent from this change, and ethically object to supporting same-sex relationships, being falling afoul of ‘equality’ legislation and...

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ROI: RC leader urges voters to speak up for true marriage

May 7, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: People should not be scared to speak up for traditional marriage, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has said ahead of a referendum on same-sex marriage later this month. In a statement, Archbishop Eamon Martin warned that removing the unique nature of marriage as a union between a man and a woman would be “a very definite break with human history and with the natural institution of marriage”. “We end up using the term ‘marriage’ for something that...

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Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum: ‘one-sided, reckless and divisive’

May 7, 2015 by

by Bruce Arnold, MercatorNet: On May 22 Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage. Voters are being asked to add a definition of marriage to the country’s constitution, which would make it the only one in the world to expressly guarantee the right to same-sex marriage. The clause to be inserted is: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” The Taoiseach (prime minister), Enda Kenny, has given the Yes vote his strong...

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