Margaret Hickey writes in the Opinion section of today’s Irish Examiner:
Should the same-sex mariage amendment be carried, the Tanaiste, Joan Burton, has said there will be no ‘conscience clause’ to allow anyone refuse goods and services to marrying gay couples. Bakers and florists have made headlines in Northern Ireland and the US for asserting freedom of conscience on this issue.
From today’s Irish Independent:
Journalist Bruce Arnold says people should not vote Yes in the same-sex marriage referendum just because they feel sorry for the gay community.
“I would say to people, don’t vote for the wrong reasons. You should vote after asking yourself how this impacts on you,” he said.
Brendan O’Neill from Spiked writes:
To see how straitjacketed the debate about gay marriage has become, look no further than Ireland.
The run-up to the referendum has been about as far from a fair or open debate as it’s possible to get. One side in the debate – the side that is critical of gay marriage – is demonised daily, treated virtually as heretics, almost as criminals. It’s accused of causing psychological harm, branded as ‘hate speakers’, and frequently forced to make public apologies simply for expressing its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. And as a writer for the Irish Independent says, ‘It’s not a debate if one side can’t speak’. The public discussion before the Irish referendum has not been a debate, she says – it’s been ‘a Two Minutes Hate’ against anyone who doesn’t think gay marriage is the greatest idea ever.
For the full article go to the Spiked website by clicking here.
Margaret Hickey of Mothers and Fathers Matter writes in today’s Irish Examiner
SUPPORTERS of the redefinition of marriage say the issue is straightforward ‘equality’ for gay people and acceptance in mainstream society. These ‘yes’ supporters define the issue in terms of love. Who could disagree with the right to equality, the freedom to express love in the language and ritual of marriage?
To read the full article go here.
Writing in today’s Sunday Independent John Waters says:
Marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples involves discrimination against children and existing parents
For the full story click here.
Writing in the Irish Catholic David Quinn, director of the Iona Institute says:
(Responding to remarks by the Archbishop of Dublin) Tiernan Brady of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network dismissed any possibility of a conscience clause out-of-hand. He said it would like giving opt-outs to white racists.
Anyone with a different view could be treated under law as the equivalent of a racist bigot”
Former Fianna Fáil Minister Pat Carey, who recently came out as gay, dismissed the idea on the grounds that we are now a “mature, pluralist democracy”. (Why don’t “mature” democracies make provision for people’s conscience rights?)
For the full article click here.
David Quinn, director of the Iona Institute and Irish Independent collumnist on Newstalk:
Speaking to Sean Moncrieff this afternoon, Mr Quinn said, “Iona will not be campaigning as such, in the sense of posters and leafleting… we’ll be doing none of that because we’re a charity and so far as I know we’re precluded. However I know Amnesty Ireland is a charity… and they had an event yesterday calling for a Yes vote.
You can listen to the entire interview by following this link.
Should those who object to same sex marriage be forced to provide goods and services to ceremonies where same-sex couples get married? Keith Mills of Mothers and Fathers Matter debates this issue with Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International. Click here to go to the Today FM website to hear the debate.
Columnist and Director of the Iona Institute, David Quinn discussed the introduction of a conscience clause in the event that the referendum redefining marriage is passed next May. You can listen to the discussion by clicking here.