We think they should.First, the referendum is not only about redefining marriage but also the family. We are being asked to decide if there is any distinction to be permitted between founding a family upon a father and a mother, and upon two fathers or two mothers.The family has always been considered the building block of the Christian community...

Respect for freedom of conscience has recently emerged in the same-sex marriage referendum debate as a matter of grave concern. If same-sex marriage is introduced, will allowance be made for a ‘conscience clause’?A ‘conscience clause’ is a clause that allows people to be exempted from the requirements of a particular law on...

In an editorial piece in The Irish Times on Friday, March 13, it was stated that this referendum is “about equality and whether gay relationships should be offered the same security and respect as those of heterosexual relationships. It is as simple and uncomplicated as that.”Earlier, in the debate in Dáil Eireann on the Thirty-fourth...

Speaking at the launch of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ campaign in favour of same-sex marriage, Aodhán O’Ríordáin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, has been reported as saying (Irish Independent, 13/02/15) that “what the no side have to their great benefit is fear”.He went on to say that supporters...

Pope Francis’ style of communication is very different from his predecessors. For this reason it may appear difficult to work out where he stands on certain issues including that of same-sex marriage.The difficulty is not just to understand what Pope Francis is saying. It is also to accept his invitation to live with the tension that results...

In our contributions to the discussion on same-sex  marriage we have put forward a number of reasons in favour of retaining the definition of marriage as a union possible only between a man and a woman.We have emphasised the uniqueness of this union: in their marital union, including in their sexual union, male and female express and embody...

As we consider how to vote in the referendum on redefining marriage, one of the key issues emerging is whether or not we see the differences that exist between men and women as of fundamental importance. To vote ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage is to say that it is exactly the same whether two men are married to each other, or two women, or...

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