David Quinn: Christians have the right to debate Civil Partnership Bill
The other day in the Seanad, Senator John Hanafin called for a referendum on the family. Rightly, he believes that the Civil Partnership Bill, soon to become law, represents such a major change to family policy that it should be put to the people instead of rammed through the Oireachtas without any proper debate.
This law will greatly undermine the special status accorded to marriage. Marriage gains its special status by receiving special treatment in the form of rights and benefits unique to it.
Why is it treated uniquely? Because it is unique. Out of all the myriad forms of relationships that people can form, only it can provide a child with a mother and a father who have made a formal, public commitment to one another.