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David Quinn: Christians have the right to debate Civil Partnership Bill

The other day in the Seanad, Senator John Hanafin called for a referendum on the family. Rightly, he believes that the Civil Partnership Bill, soon to become law, represents such a major change to family policy that it should be put to the people instead of rammed through the Oireachtas without any proper debate.

This law will greatly undermine the special status accorded to marriage. Marriage gains its special status by receiving special treatment in the form of rights and benefits unique to it.

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