Press Release: “YES” SIDE MUST IMMEDIATELY CLARIFY THREAT TO “ACCORD” FUNDING 06/05/15
Press Release from Mothers and Fathers Matter
“YES” SIDE MUST IMMEDIATELY CLARIFY THREAT TO “ACCORD” FUNDING – MFM
Campaigners for same sex marriage must immediately clarify whether organisations such as catholic marriage counselling service “Accord” will have their state funding removed in the event of a “YES” vote, Mothers and Fathers matter have said.
Responding to comments from leading YES campaigner Noel Whelan in last night’s “Prime Time” debate, in which he appeared to support the withdrawal of funding from the marriage counselling service, Mothers and Fathers matter said:
“We are beginning to see the natural consequences of an extreme agenda that seeks to impose its values and will on the Irish people through a dishonest campaign.
“Accord” is a service that has helped tens of thousands of Irish couples through some of the most difficult periods of their lives. It is an institution cherished and respected across the land. The very idea that attempts will be made to shut it down in the name of LGBT “equality” will be abhorrent and frightening to a great many people.
Unfortunately, this campaign is not about equality at all. It is about an ideology that seeks to impose its will on the public without any room for dissent.
We believe that last night’s debate showed the Irish people what is really at stake – the natural ties between parents and children, the right to free expression, and the continued existence of some of our most cherished institutions.
As the “YES” side start to falter, so their agenda becomes clear. For their own sake, if nothing else, they must immediately clarify whether the funding of services like “Accord” will be under threat – and if not, why not?”