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Natural marriage: what lies behind Ireland's rejection?
Monday, May 25, 2015

“There were Bibles in every Irish polling place last Friday – but over 60% of voters rejected its teaching that marriage is a man-woman union, and has been from the beginning of history,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.

“Jesus said in Matthew 19:4,5 – ‘Haven’t you read that in the beginning, the Creator made them male and female … and said, For this reason, a man shall leave his mother and father, and be united with his wife …?’”

In Matthew15:17, Jesus also referred to porneia – a Greek word, often translated as sexual immorality (or, in the King James Bible, “fornications”).  It refers to all sexual activity outside marriage, and it includes fornication, adultery, sodomy and bestiality.  Jesus condemned porneia as evil.”

Ros Phillips said the Irish referendum result in favour of same-sex marriage was no surprise.  “Continual revelations of serious child sex abuse committed or condoned by Irish church leaders have led to widespread rejection of church teaching as hypocritical,” she said.

“But in reality, what voters did last week was to throw out the baby with the bathwater – literally.  It is Irish children who will suffer from the passing of the referendum, because it effectively denies them their basic right as far as possible to know and be cared for by their natural parents (Article 7, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).  Already we are seeing reports of donor-conceived children who suffer serious identity problems leading to depression and drug abuse,” Ros Phillips said.

Dr David van Gend of the Australian Marriage Forum has commented: “Ireland has written a social suicide note, and we grieve for her.  But we will not follow her.”

Ros Phillips agrees.  “At present there seems to be a hysterical rush to change the meaning marriage has always had,” she said.  “Federal Labor MP Tony Burke claimed today that this change would make no difference, but experience elsewhere suggests that it could ultimately destroy marriage itself.  If marriage can mean anything, it will come to mean nothing.  People will no longer bother to marry – to the detriment of their children.

“Australia can afford to sit back and observe what happens.  We should wait and see,” she said.


  • Christianity and culture
  • Marriage and sexuality

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