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Irish Minister dismisses ‘apocalypse of marriage’ suggestions

Naith Payton April 25, 2015

Minister for Communications Alex White has urged Ireland to vote for equal marriage.

The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal to introduce civil same-sex marriage.

In an interview with the Irish Times, Mr White said: “It is not the apocalypse on the institution of marriage.

“On the contrary, it is extending the rights and the enjoyment of marriage to another cohort of our fellow citizens.

“People are trying to give the impression that a No vote will somehow guarantee that every child in the country will be born with a mother and a father.

“Children will be born in all kinds of different circumstances now and into the future which won’t be affected one way or the other by the outcome of this referendum.

“What this referendum is doing is to extend a right that is already there for families. If anything, it gives constitutional protection to families that already exist in our society.

“You might think or feel it is desirable for a child to grow up in a family with a mother and a father but no society, no constitution or no Government can make that the case or deliver that. We can’t have a law that makes that happen.”

Religious groups, including the Presbyterian Church, have urged voters to reject same-sex marriage. 

In March, a poll suggested over three quarters of the population of Ireland wanted to allow same-sex marriage.

More: Europe, Ireland, Ireland, marriage, same sex marriage

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