A sign of the times. Sinn Fein under attack…from Catholic Priests.
“While Sinn Féin support remains high in the Catholic community, they do not, however, have the support of Catholics who are committed to the cause of life and marriage….Catholics understand therefore, that a vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for the weakening of the institution of marriage and the right to life for all the unborn.””
And the DUP being praised..by the same Catholic Priests. Fr. Owen Gorman, parish priest in Aghadrumsee, wrote in Catholic monthly newspaper ‘Alive’ :
“Catholics have started to support Peter Robinson’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)…the most consistently pro-life and pro-traditional marriage party in Northern Ireland.”
And a similar points by Father Tim Bartlett from the Catholic Council for Social Affairs on BBC The View .
Tomorrow’s SF motion is not about bringing equality to marriage, but perversity. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. — Jim Allister (@JimAllister) April 28, 2013
Today`s Sinn Fein motion on gay marriage will likely fail without the need of the DUP petition of concern (the last vote on the issue in 2012 was 45 for gay marriage & 50 against). It will be interesting to see if the petitioning by the Roman Catholic church, Presbyterian church and the Coalition for Marriage has any effect on the voting numbers. Meanwhile Amnesty International has continued to threaten legal action should Stormont fail to enact gay marriage citing international law
“States may not discriminate with regards to the right to marry and found a family, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In the US the debate has turned to Polygamy where the left wing Slate magazine has come out for polygamy whilst a lawyer involved in same-sex marriage litigation has this piece on the issue. Having had a debate on Twitter with an SDLP member who defined marriage as being based solely on love I have to wonder where such a definition logically ends.
— Séamas de Faoite (@Seamas_deFaoite) April 20, 2013
Such a basis would surely be a can of worms yet many in favour of gay marriage fail to see that defining marriage solely on the basis of love opens marriage to all sorts of relationships. ( In Brazil, an uncle and niece may have a relationship provided they undergo health checks & in parts of the US, first cousins may marry if they are beyond reproductive age or ability. Sweden allows marriage between siblings who share a parent.)
1 Corinthians 6: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.