It diminishes us all when we allow some to be treated as less equal than others
Published 14/05/2015 | 02:30
I'm puzzled. I was under the impression that I'm legally married. We have the rings, paperwork and photographs. But according to a restrictive definition of marriage advanced by Catholic leaders, our union doesn't fulfil the criteria.
That's because when we exchanged vows three years ago, we did so in the knowledge there would be no children. I'm infertile. My husband knew it when he proposed, and I knew it when I accepted. Does that invalidate our marriage? Put it this way, it doesn't pass the 'Archbishop Test'.
Let me tell you about our wedding day, which the Irish State recognises even if it falls short of Archbishop Eamon Martin's standard. It was a joyful celebration held outdoors, the spray from Niagara Falls threatening to drench us when the wind changed direction.