Gay marriage in Catholic Ireland?

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

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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  1. This is surprising! I find it hard to believe that Ireland voted in favor of legalizing marriage. This is incredibly good news!

    • It is good news indeed, Emilie! The question is: will Ireland see it through? Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  2. It’s about time, if you ask me.. “Shocking” that we, in year 2013, still got prejudice against other humans <3
    Well written, Vanja! I think that you'll write and tell amazing stories some day! Looking forward to read it πŸ™‚

  3. Like emilie says; “good news”!
    It’s about time, if you ask me.. “Shocking” that we in year 2013, still got prejudice against other humans <3
    Well written, Vanja! I think that you will write and tell amazing stories one day, and I'm so looking forward to it!

    • Yes – hopefully we’ll see a change soon! Thanks a million, Jeanette! You are wonderful. I’ll do my best!


    Great news! I was looking at the map at the bottom of this article – I have to admit I thought more countries than these had legalized gay marriage. But then again same-sex marriage has only been legal in Norway for four years. Is it not uplifting though that in Catholic countries like Brazil and Argentina gay marriage is (partly) legalized?

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