What a mess we have landed ourselves in!
The people of Ireland will be asked in a referendum on the 22nd May to change the 1937 Constitution's articles on Marriage and the Family. If carried, the referendum will re-define our understanding of marriage from a unique relationship different from all others, to being another adult relationship regardless of gender. An essential characteristic of marriage is that it is open to the generation of new life.
The Constitution (the fundamental law of the Irish Republic) was clearly drafted with only one type of family in mind, namely, the family based on marriage.This traditional view has gradually been weakened by various influences including secularisation, urbanisation, changing attitudes to sexual behaviour, the use of contraceptives, social acceptance of premarital relations, cohabitation, single parenthood, a lower norm for family size, increased readiness to accept separation and divorce, and greater economic independence of women.
Our Constituton at present states that "the State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded".
We now propose to add: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.’
A mere matter of 17 small words but, if passed, will bring about a seismic shift in what we mean by 'marriage' and 'family'.
Has any other people inserted such a clause into its Constitution?
Myself? I shall be voting NO
All our politicians, media, medical authorities, University staffs and students, police force, etc. are openly and strenuously calling for, nay demanding, a YES
vote. Millions of dollars from US and big business have been pumped into their efforts.
Where now stands our vaunted 'equality', freedom of speech and democracy?
It all boils down, it seems, to HUMAN RIGHTS and LOVE : I love chocolate, I love soccer, I love music, I love my husband!
Amerian lawyer,John Bursch, in relation to SSM, says:
“The state doesn’t have an interest in love and emotion at all,” Mr. Bursch said. “It’s about binding children to their biological moms and dads.”