Tuesday 6 December 2016

The Catholic Church and civil marriage

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

The Catholic Church risks being the biggest loser over civil marriage
The Catholic Church risks being the biggest loser over civil marriage
Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin has made a second important intervention in the same-sex marriage referendum. With voting now just 17 days away, it is worth pondering the message from the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Dr Martin has insisted that the issue must not be reduced to one of Church versus State. He has also notably avoided advising Church members on how they should vote on May 22. He has chosen instead to say that the Church does not favour extending marriage to people of the same gender, and urged Catholics to reflect on their decision, and to be sure to vote on the day in line with their duty as citizens.

The Archbishop of Armagh has again stressed that people are entitled to argue and vote against same-sex marriage without being open to accusations of intolerance or homophobia. We again endorse that viewpoint and insist that it is worth repeating frequently.

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