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Spiked-Online: Ireland’s recent decision to legalise same-sex marriage has been heralded by some as a turning point in history. In one way, the Irish vote was historic. It was the first time a country ushered in a redefinition of marriage by the process of referendum, as opposed to a parliamentary vote or judicial interpretation.
Head Heart Hand: “Instead of saying ‘We can finally get married’, the most common response to the referendum result from both the leaders of the Yes campaign and their considerable army of supporters in the media and political classes has been: ‘Gays have finally been validated.’ All the talk was of ‘recognition’, not marriage.”
The Christian Institute: The Church is facing “an ever increasing intolerance”, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has said, as he called for Christians to speak out boldly in the public square.
BBC: The day after Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage almost every German newspaper cover displayed a rainbow.
First Things: Ireland’s recent decision to approve same-sex marriage, by popular referendum, has left the country’s Catholic reputation in ruins.
Catholic World Report: Ireland, once dubbed “the most Catholic country in the world” by the future Pope Paul VI, has become the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by means of a popular vote.
Boston Globe: As the official tallies rolled in on Saturday, from the liberal bastions of cosmopolitan Dublin to the more conservative townlands of rural Roscommon and Leitrim, and it was clear that an amendment to Ireland’s constitution legalizing gay marriage would pass easily, it became one of the biggest stories in the world. It was widely portrayed as shocking news
The American Conservative: You may welcome these changes. You may reject these changes. What you may not plausibly do is to deny the revolutionary nature of these changes, and of this historic moment in the history of the West.
Aleteia: For supporters of natural marriage, the results of Ireland’s referendum last Friday are obviously a great disappointment. A resounding majority throughout the country supported the addition of 17 momentous words to the Irish constitution: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”
The New York Times: Irish citizens in places as far-flung as Australia and California were flying back to their home country on Friday to cast ballots in a referendum that could make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage by a popular vote.
Religion News Service: On Friday (May 22), voters in this once deeply Roman Catholic country will decide whether the country’s constitution should be amended to allow for gay marriage. If the amendment passes, Ireland will become the first country to legalize same-sex civil marriage by popular vote.
The Christian Institute: Free speech would be threatened if marriage is redefined in the Republic of Ireland, journalist and marriage campaigner John Waters has warned.
Aleteia: The Catholic bishops in Ireland, as might be expected, are having none of it. In March, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a statement urging voters to think seriously before approving a referendum that would change the nature of marriage.
The Federalist: Ireland is currently engulfed in a bitter debate over a national referendum on gay marriage to be held this Friday. They could draw some useful lessons from America’s own little experiment with gay marriage—which turns out to be a cautionary tale about what can go wrong.
The Guardian: With just five days to go before Ireland’s historic referendum on the legalisation of gay marriage, a bitter row has broken out between supporters and opponents over the funding of their respective campaigns. Supporters of a yes vote have accused opponents of a lack of transparency over finances and of accepting funding from rightwing Christian groups in the US.
Reuters: Its word was once law in Ireland on everything from contraception to divorce. Now, shorn of much of its influence, the Catholic Church has limited campaigning on Friday’s gay marriage referendum to sermons to its remaining flock.
Religion Clause: In Ireland on Friday voters will cast ballots in a referendum to approve same-sex marriage.
The Guardian: Tens of thousands of Christian immigrants who have become Irish citizens are being mobilised across the Republic to vote down a historic move to legalise gay marriage in Ireland this week.
The Washington Post: Catholic and deeply conservative, Ireland was long known as one of the toughest places in the Western world to be gay. Homosexuality was decriminalized here only in 1993, after years of pressure from European authorities.
Religion News Service (Reuters): Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday.
The Christian Institute: A woman in the Republic of Ireland who was charged with assisting in the suicide of her friend has been found not guilty.
The Christian Institute: A child’s right to a mother and father would be denied if same-sex marriage is legalised, says a statement by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
The Christian Institute: A woman in the Republic of Ireland appeared in court this week, charged with assisting in the suicide of her friend.
Irish Examiner: “We the under-signed, for reasons of faith, consider the state of marriage the exclusive province of a man and a woman. This is the understanding of all revealed religions,” a petition reads.
The Christian Institute: A pro-life organisation has addressed the United Nations, calling for the medical establishment to discontinue the use of the term ‘incompatible with life’.
Christian print shop refuses to make same-sex wedding invites; ‘God is our defense,’ says Irish firm
The Christian Post: A printing company based in Ireland has refused to print out invitations for a same-sex couple’s wedding.
National Right to Life: If you were among the thousands of Irish pro-lifers rallying in Dublin to protest/lament/challenge media bias, it surely came as no surprise to you when local media dismissed the size of the crowd as “several hundred.” (Rather reminds you of the March for Life where no matter how many hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers show up January 22, the media invariably describes the attendance as in the “thousands.”)
The Guardian: Voters in the Irish Republic will decide whether to approve same-sex marriage on 22 May after the Taoiseach announced the date for a referendum.
The Christian Institute: A Bill to weaken Irish law to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality has been rejected by the Irish Parliament.
The Guardian: An international group of atheists and secularists including the scientists Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker has challenged the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, to hold a referendum to repeal Ireland’s 21st century blasphemy law.
The Irish Times: Sir, – “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”Only two?
The Christian Institute: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has reiterated his support for same-sex marriage and says he will “campaign strongly” for it ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.
The New York Times (AP): Prime Minister Enda Kenny says the legalization of same-sex marriage will be put to a public referendum in May.
Christian News Network: A school in Ireland has apologized and has decided to withdraw a worksheet that presents the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality following a complaint over the assignment.
Christian News Network: A couple in Ireland recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy after they rejected repeated pressure by doctors to abort the child over claims that he had fetal abnormalities.
The Journal.ie: Irish voters will be asked to vote on whether to remove the crime of blasphemy from the Constitution, it was announced this morning.
Life News: One of the highlights of the MonthForLife will be the Pro Life Campaign National Conference which takes place in the RDS in Dublin on Saturday, 11th October 2014. It promises to be a great day. Speakers include Julia Holcomb, (the former girlfriend of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler), who will talk about her personal experience of abortion regret; Roger Kiska, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom based in Vienna and Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE, Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International. There will also be contributions from spokespeople with the Pro Life Campaign.
Life News: The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland today confirmed that they have taken disciplinary action against nine members of staff who treated Savita Halappanavar before her death at Galway University Hospital.
Aleteia: Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that disciplinary action has been taken against nine staff members at University Hospital Galway following an investigation into the death of a woman who had been refused an abortion there.
Reuters: Hundreds of people rallied in Dublin to call for a change to Ireland’s abortion laws on Wednesday after a rape victim said she was refused a termination and instead gave birth by Caesarean section.
The Federalist: Once we have widespread eugenics, where will towering minds like Dawkins place limits? On the arrival of “human feelings”?
Life News:Fresh from her failure to defend Ireland’s pro-life record in Geneva, the Irish Minister for Justice has once again shown how determined she is to support the new abortion law, no matter what.
National Right to Life: The UN Human Rights Committee has demanded that Ireland change its Constitution in order explicitly to allow abortion in a wide range of circumstances.
Life News: The Pro Life Campaign has called on the UN’s Human Rights Committee to defend the right to life of the unborn when scrutinising Ireland’s human rights record at a hearing in Geneva today.
Life News: This week sees the first anniversary of the passing into law of the Abortion Act in Ireland and the Pro Life Campaign have been to the forefront of marking the date through various initiatives and awareness events.
Life News: Normally the pro-abortion movement is on the defense as pro-life groups worldwide do everything they can to protect as many babies as possible from abortion. The one area, in the United States and elsewhere, where pro-abortion groups are opening the door for more abortions is in the case of allowing non-physicians to put women’s health at risk by doing abortions.
Life Site News: Sixty-five percent of the 200 pro-life candidates identified by the Life Institute for Election 2014 went on to win seats in the local Irish elections, a result described by the organization as “very positive and hugely significant for Election 2016.”
Life Site News: Once again, a measure to introduce same-sex “marriage” into Northern Ireland has failed, making it the only jurisdiction in Great Britain to have resisted the trend to redefine the institution of marriage.
Via BBC News: The DUP has tabled a petition of concern on an assembly motion due to be debated on Tuesday. The motion proposes that Stormont introduce legislation similar to other jurisdictions in Britain and Ireland. Under the …
Irish Examiner: “A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up. Italy’s health ministry says it is launching an investigation into the error, which was only discovered when the woman was three months pregnant.”
Independent.ie: “THE board of a Gaelscoil has been ordered to pay a Protestant schoolboy €750 after a principal referred to the boy’s parents as part of the ‘rebel crowd’ and punished him for not attending First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.”
The Independent: “A proposed new religious education programme, being drawn up under the auspices of the Catholic bishops, allocates time for the formal study of faiths other than Christianity.”
BBC: “The European Court of Human Rights has found in favour of an Irish woman who was seeking to hold the state liable for sexual abuse she suffered as a girl at a Catholic-run state primary school in the 1970s.”
TheJournal.ie: “The Association of Catholic Priests strongly criticised the Minister for Education’s suggestion after he said that religious teaching should take place within homes and parishes, rather than being the responsibility of schools.”
prolife.ie: “Ireland’s abortion law came into effect on January 1, but doctors are refusing to operate it due to the absence of promised clinical guidelines. Minister for Health James Reilly signed the order to make the Act operational just before Christmas. This was despite the fact that the committee he appointed to draw up guidelines has not yet reported.”
Christian Independent: A controversial law permitting abortion on the grounds of mental health has come into effect in the Republic of Ireland.
Irish Independent: ISLAM will become Ireland’s second religion within the next 30 years because of dramatic population growth and immigration.
Irish Independent: The National University of Ireland, Galway suspended the Legion of Mary after the distribution of controversial leaflets around the campus. The leaflets, from the Courage Community group, promoted what it described as a Purity Matters Initiative.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A recent study found that 78% of transgender people in Ireland have considered suicide, and news sources are using this finding to call attention to Ireland’s lack of a law recognizing gender identity. As the Irish Times points out . . .
LifeNews: UNCAT intends to issue a second Report into practices in Ireland but before doing so, it raised a number of questions to be answered by the Irish Government. Among them, it has queried “whether adequate services for carrying out abortions exist in (Ireland)”. It has also asked for “information on whether current legislation regarding termination of pregnancy upholds a woman’s rights to freedom from discrimination and to prevent other breaches of the convention.”
Irish Independent: The survey suggests 76% of the electorate would vote in favour of allowing gay couples to legally wed in Ireland. Less than a fifth (18%) of likely voters were opposed to its introduction with 6% saying they didn’t yet know whether to back it or not, according to the RedC poll for Paddy Power.
Catholic Culture: The Irish government plans a nationwide referendum on legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote will be scheduled early in 2015.
Irish Constitutional Convention Recommends Replacing Blasphemy Offense With Ban On Inciting Religious Hatred
Religion Clause Blog: According to a news release by the Convention, on Sunday the Convention voted 53% to 38% to replace the current constitutional provision on blasphemy with a general provision banning incitement to religious hatred. Irish Times reports on the vote
Catholic Culture: Ireland’s deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore had indicated that he anticipates a nationwide referendum on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
LifeNews: When members of the Dáil voted earlier this year to legalize abortions for the first time for women who claim the need an abortion because they are considering suicide, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid West Derek Keating was among those who upset pro-life advocates and voted for the bill. Now, according to an Irish Independent report, Keating has received word from his parish priest to cease participating as an assistant during Communion.
Catholic Culture: Father Kevin Doran told the Irish Catholic that he left the governing board because “I can’t reconcile my own conscience with thee statement, largely because I feel a Catholic hospital has to bear witness.”
Irish Times: The Mater Hospital in Dublin has said it will comply with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013. In a brief statement issued yesterday the hospital said it would comply with the Act, which sets out the circumstances where a termination of pregnancy may be performed.
Christian Institute: The UK Supreme Court is set to consider a case that could force gay adoption on Northern Ireland – even though most of the public are opposed.
BBC: The health minister is set to take his fight against the extension of adoption rights to Northern Ireland’s gay and unmarried couples to the UK’s highest court.
Christian Concern: The Irish government has told a Catholic hospital that it must carry out abortions to fall in line with a new abortion law.
LifeSiteNews: The Irish government has told a Catholic hospital that there will be no opting out of the new law legalizing abortion, and that requires hospitals to do the procedure. The health minister was responding to comments last week by a board member of Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae University Hospital that the hospital would not be complying with the new abortion law.