Wednesday 21 March 2018

New religious group supports 'Yes' vote in same-sex marriage referendum

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

Jennifer McShane

A new religious-based faith group has formed calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.

Known as ‘Faith in Marriage Equality (FIME), it is comprised of members from a range of religious organisations around the country, such as We are Church Ireland, Gay Catholic Voice Ireland and the Church of Ireland group, Changing Attitude Ireland.

The newly formed group, say they want to show people that religious groups can also positively support the referendum.

“We are a voluntary group of persons from a range of faith backgrounds who have come together under the Charter of Faith in Marriage Equality,” said Dr Richard O'Leary on the group’s website.

The members have put together a four point charter (which is also on their site) outlining the reasons that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, one which says: “Faith leaders should not marginalise or exclude people who are gay rather they should promote equality and inclusion.”

“Our 4 point charter explains that people of faith can vote 'Yes' in the referendum on extending civil marriage to same sex couples,” Dr O’Leary added.

Speaking after the launch outside the civil registration office in Dublin today, Dr O'Leary said in a video on the group Facebook page, that so far, they hadn’t heard people of faith come out in support of same-sex couples, but that they would be doing so.

“We support those loving, committed same-sex couples who wish to enter civil marriage, without distinction of their gender,” he added. 

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