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Our children's best interests are served by voting 'Yes'

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

This referendum requires to be strong and courageous for the sake of Ireland’s children
This referendum requires to be strong and courageous for the sake of Ireland’s children

I write as a former teacher and principal. It is obvious that many people, anxious to do the right thing, are confused when every expert legal argument and interpretation put forward by one side is countered by an expert on the other side.

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When, over the millennia, confronted with change that might threaten the established order, shrill voices warned that we could not change the way we have always done things because, well, we just couldn't. We're told there's a natural order that is inviolable; however, the problem with this is that certain young people then have to be told that they are intrinsically disordered. As sinners they're told they're loved, but their visceral attraction and intimacy with others is a hateable sin.

Marriage, we are told, is a traditional institution that has been constant for thousands of years. This is not true: marriage has had many incarnations over the centuries. It's self-evident that if you include some and exclude other relationships from marriage then this establishes a particular tradition. The truth, however, is that traditions change as cultures change.

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