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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Same Sex Marriage" Referendum: The Wording

The government has published the wording of the amendment to the Constitution which will be the subject of May's referendum on "same sex marriage". The wording:
Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.
The government aims to insert it into Article 41.3.1 which speaks of guarding marriage as a means of protecting the family. The article is as follows:
The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack.
The amendment will be placed at the end of the article to read as follows:
The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack. Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.
As is obvious this referendum will have consequences far beyond what we are being told by the government, the media and the various interest groups pushing it. One of these may well be freedom of religion. If this view of marriage is enshrined in the Constitution can citizens legitimately oppose it, and can Churches defy it, refusing to "marry" same sex couples who come looking for a Church "wedding"? I think the answer to that would be no.  I also think many of those supporting the referendum know that as well - they won't admit it now, but later, when the court cases begin they will try to ensure Churches will forced to comply. And I think some of our esteemed judges will be only to happy to agree with them.

I notice the government will also push through legislation in the Dail - before the referendum, permitting gay couples to adopt children, this is to neutralize the arguments of the proponents of natural marriage concerning children.

We're not in Kansas anymore!

2 comments:

  1. Well that amendment to the constitution aint Law. In fact no legislation is Law. You can - and this along with abortion is a great example - legislate for anything you want. Which means you can legislate against law. This is legislation which is against law. Law being those principles inherent in the nature of a thing. There are no laws which in the nature of the human person which says marriage is indifferent to the gender of the persons. In fact the opposite is true - that is the laws governing human nature state that marriage can only be between a man a woman. This will be a piece of legislation on the same lines as the previous baby murder and mutilate bill in that it will be against law and therefore lawless. It legislates against human nature and therefore against all persons who have a human nature. In other words this legislation makes the stat an enemy of all of civil society since civil society is wholly composed of human natures.

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  2. Marriage is a Sacrament. God marries the couple and blesses them with children. God does not bless what is not of God. Man may have civil marriage but this is set apart from God and his teachings. One either follows God or something else which is not of God. Again its down to free will and choice. Do I follow God or not???

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