Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples following the May 22nd referendum. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex(...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

We might all come together to agree that the winner of the long-haul holiday with €20,000 spending money on The Late Late Show, anchored by the  ebullient Ryan Tubridy, did not deserve it half as much as us. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

RTÉ wants to know if I want to contribute to its “guiding set of principles”. Actually, it’s inviting everybody to do this. A few weeks ago it publish(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban, from the Association of Catholic Priests. The association has decided not to take a position on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to take a position on the same-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd, and has urged priests not to d(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is not calling for a ‘conscience clause’ in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum, but says that a serious discussion is needed on the position of Christians troubled by the issue if the referendum passes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has not called on the Government to introduce a “conscience clause” exempting Christians from comply(...)

Senator Ivana Backik, Senator David Norris, Bryan Lucey head of the newly formed King’s Inns’ Gay and Lesbian Straight Alliance, Patrick Treacy SC, and Dr. John Murray from the Iona Institute before the start of the Kings Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Supporters of the yes side in May’s marriage equality referendum were warned against complacency at a debate in the King’s Inns in Dublin last night. (...)

Senator Ivana Bacik; Senator David Norris; Bryan Lucey, the head of the newly formed King’s Inns Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance; Patrick Treacy SC; and Dr John Murray from the Iona Institute meet before the start of the King’s Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson

In what has been deemed a first for Ireland’s oldest law school, a debate took place in King’s Inns in Dublin (founded 1541) on equality between gay a(...)

Brendan Butler, We Are Church Ireland, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, and Canon Mark Gardner, at the launch of Faith in Marriage Equality, outside the Civil Registry Office, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The retired Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin Gordon Linney has called for a yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. “Personally, I think (...)

Former minister for justice said because the new children’s Bill addresses such important issues it was important that it was given appropriate time for debate in the Dail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said the Government needs to reconsider the lack of reference to surrogacy in the Child and Family Relationsh(...)

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The referendum on same sex marriage will be a defining moment in the history of the State, irrespective of the outcome. In that sense it is most compa(...)