Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Irish Republic referendum on same sex marriage

                            This Friday see a referendum on same sex marriage in the Irish Republic.  Reports indicate a close result.  the Roman Catholic Church has had statements read out in all Catholic churches in the Republic supporting traditional marriage and opposing same sex marriage.  Referendums have already been held in Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania.  All these referendums have resulted in same sex marriage being rejected.  Russia has also rejected same sex marriage.  The referendum  has been passed by a majority of about 62 % to 38%(28 May).  While the majority is decisive the no percentage came to over 170 000 which would have included members of all parties including Sinn Fein.

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