Gay marriage in Catholic Ireland?

Ireland’s constitutional convention has voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing gay marriage. 

Yesterday, the 100 convention members casted their historic votes in Dublin. 79 of them voted in favor of marriage equality.

Members also recommended the Irish government pass laws ‘incorporating changed arrangements in regard to parentage, guardianship and the upbringing of children’.

Now Ireland’s government must hold a full debate on the issue within four months.

Whilst human rights groups and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) hails the vote as historic and calls it a major milestone on a remarkable journey, a spokesperson from the Catholic Church told RTE News:

‘The Catholic Church will continue to promote and see protection for the uniqueness of marriage between a woman and a man, the nature of which best serves children and our society’.

Also, meanwhile, the Catholic lobby group the Iona Institute accused the convention of ‘overlooking’ the ‘rights’ of religious organisations.

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