Human rights are usually understood as rights to which human beings are entitled simply because they are human beings. They are considered to be both fundamental and natural. We do not have to do anything to merit or earn them and we are entitled to them regardless of our nationality, language, religion, location, ethnic origin, gender or sexual...

The main argument put forward by those seeking to redefine marriage is that it is only about publicly recognising the relationships of gay and lesbian people, and this is necessary in the interests of fairness and equality. It is argued that the referendum has nothing to do with children, or with children rights.This is not true. The section of...

Of course not! You don’t have to be a person of faith to value the centuries of tradition which societies the world over have attached to the institution of marriage.The first recorded marriage took place in Mesopotamia some 4,000 years ago, preceded by ‘pair bonding’ which was introduced in the Stone Age to provide stability for...

Millions of people across the world hold that the traditional understanding of marriage does have value, particularly when it comes to raising children.Since the beginning of time, marriage has been founded upon the biological complementarity which allows for the possibility of children. This means that the institution of marriage will be...

IntroductionIreland prides itself in placing ‘family’ at the heart of society, so much so that the institution of marriage and the families it creates enjoy a privileged position within our Constitution and must be “guarded with special care”.Like the vast majority of countries in the world, marriage in Ireland is...

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