Monday, March 30, 2015

A Few Facts

A printing company in Drogheda, run by devout Christians refused to print invitations to a gay wedding - they politely declined. They are being torn apart in the media and the gay couple, I believe, is considering legal action for discrimination.

A bakery in Belfast, also run by devout Christians, refused to bake a cake to be used to promote same-sex marriage. They are being sued in the courts.

Now I hear of a Piazza company, also run by devout Christians, in Indiana, which was targeted by journalists to see where they would stand if a gay couple sought their catering services for their wedding. They are being torn apart all over the US, "more Christian bigots". There was no gay couple involved, just a newspaper making news and creating a situation to expose Christians.

In Ireland a constitutional amendment is being proposed to permit same sex marriage. Here is the article in question as it would appear should the referendum be passed: 
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.
What does "guard with special care" mean, and how will it apply to same-sex marriage? Will it mean that the state has a duty to deal with elements within Irish society which reject the idea of gay marriage? Will the government have a constitutional duty to ensure that all citizens and institutions within the state not discriminate against same-sex marriages either in practice or in policy or doctrine? Does it mean that if a same-sex couple arrive at the door of a parochial house demanding a Catholic ceremony the government must ensure that the Church complies?

Interesting questions.

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