More liberal voices felt clergy had little to gain from stance
Published 25/07/2015 | 02:30
The decision by the Catholic church to quietly abandon a threat to no longer facilitate the civil aspect of the marriage ceremony is not particularly surprising.
It was made in uncompromising fashion as the run-in to the same-sex marriage referendum gathered pace.
Emotions were running high on all sides - but from the outset it was clear the Church, as part of the 'No' campaign, was fighting a losing battle.