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Northern Ireland: bishops urge legislators not to approve same-sex marriage

April 29, 2014

The bishops of Northern Ireland have urged legislators to reject a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.

“We ask you to reaffirm the unique value to children and society of the mutual and complementary roles of a mother and father, committed to a loving and life-long relationship to each other in marriage,” the bishops said in their open letter. “We ask you promote the value of children being brought up, where possible and in their best interests, by their biological parents.”

“We ask you not to undermine the principle of equality by applying it inappropriately to two fundamentally different types of relationship,” the bishops continued. “We ask you to strengthen and support marriage between a woman and a man as a unique and highly valued institution of vital importance to the good of society. We therefore appeal to you to reject the forthcoming motion on what the motion describes, inappropriately, as ‘Marriage Equality.’”


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