Polls indicate majority Yes vote for gay marriage referendum
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Quote:German opposition calls on gay marriage referendum after Irish success

Germany’s opposition parties want to follow in Ireland’s footsteps when it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage, urging Chancellor Angela Merkel that it’s time to take action on the LGBT issue.

The Green Party nudged Merkel on Sunday, with party’s leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt saying: “It's time Mrs. Merkel,” Die Welt newspaper reported. “The Merkel faction cannot just sit out the debate on marriage for all…I am confident that the Irish vote will accelerate equality in Germany.”

“This is a great signal from Ireland,” said Göring-Eckardt. “Equal love deserves equal respect.”

The Green Party’s domestic policy spokesman Volker Beck added that the steps taken in Ireland could push Germany onto the similar path.

“The Irish people have made it clear: the oppression of gays and lesbians is not a Christian value,” Beck said.

The first openly gay politician on the Merkel’s ruling center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party board Jens Spahn responded to the Irish news with optimism.

“What the Catholic Irish can do, we can do, too … The populace is often further along in these matters than we think,” Welt Daily quoted him as saying.

For a decade Germany was ahead of Ireland in terms of same-sex marriage rights. Same-sex civil partnerships were approved in Germany with the Civil Partnership Act in 2001, while Ireland, where homosexuality was a criminal offense until 1993, got similar recognition only in 2010. However, Germany’s progress does not provide same-sex couples with the same adoption rights.

Germany’s politicians recently expressed concern that some parties are making it difficult to move forward with full legalization of same-sex marriages.

Minister of Justice Heiko Maas from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) was one of the politicians to express criticism, stating that it is “difficult to achieve” any progress in a coalition with the CDU.

However, the deputy of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) Chairperson Katja Suding said the SPD was actually not looking to extend same-sex marriage rights, but instead was hiding behind CDU’s position.

“It was actually the conservative ruling party, who wanted to extend the marriage law out of conviction and so has not been spared the risk of a referendum in Ireland,” Sudkurier newspaper quoted Suding as saying.
2015 May 25 15:52
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Catholic cardinal: Irish people are ‘worse than Pagans’ for passing same-sex marriage

28th May 2015, 3:43 PM
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Catholic cardinal Raymond Burke has claimed that people in Ireland are worse than Pagans, because they overwhelmingly passed same-sex marriage.

Last week, people in the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to approve civil same-sex marriage in a referendum, by a margin of 62.1% to 37.9%.

As equality activists have hailed the decision, a number of senior Catholics have slammed the country – with the Vatican claiming the result is a “defeat for humanity”.

US Cardinal Raymond Burke, who serves as the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta within the Vatican, slammed the country while speaking to Catholic group the Newman Society at Oxford University.

According to the Tablet, he complained: “I mean, this is a defiance of God. It’s just incredible. Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviours, they never dared to say this was marriage.”

Burke is one of the most notorious anti-gay Cardinals within the Catholic Church.

He has previously called for parents to keep their children away from gay relatives, saying: “If homosexual relations are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are as reason teaches us and also our faith, then what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person?”

Cardinal Burke has also claimed that gay people are “intrinsically evil” and insisted: “[Homophobia is] simply announcing the truth, helping people to discriminate right from wrong in terms of their own activities.”

He was demoted from his previous position last year – but continues to hold an influential role within the Church.

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Quote:Irish people are ‘worse than Pagans’ for passing same-sex marriage

Good for you.
What is the current Catholic church for being silent on the ethnic replacement of Europeans by non-Europeans who are mostly Muslims?
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