Posts Tagged ‘referendum’

Irish church set to drop wedding civil role if law changes Comments 0

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have warned that the Church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if same-sex marriage is legalised. Ireland is to have a referendum on legal same-sex marriage next month. If the bishops’ warning comes to pass, it would mean couples married in the Catholic Church in Ireland would have to Read more

Dublin prelate slams obnoxious language about gays Comments 0

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Archbishop of Dublin has condemned intemperate language that is sometimes used about gays and lesbians as “obnoxious” and “unchristian”. Speaking at a meeting of the Iona Institute, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said much of the discussion on marriage and family in Ireland today is polemical. The archbishop referred to some correspondence he has received in the Read more

Ireland to vote on gay marriage in May 22 public referendum Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Voters in the Irish Republic will decide whether or not to approve legal same-sex marriage in a referendum on May 22. In announcing the date, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the referendum would underline Ireland’s reputation as a tolerant and inclusive nation. Mr Kenny said that most members of the Irish Parliament were in favour of Read more

Catholics could sway Scotland independence vote outcome Comments 0

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Support from Catholics in Scotland could swing the upcoming referendum in favour of independence from Britain, a Scottish academic says. Writing in The Times, Professor Sir Tom Devine of Edinburgh University noted that, historically, Catholics in Scotland have not favoured devolution. This was because they were sceptical about the Presbyterian majority using devolution to gain Read more