CHURCH of Ireland clergy are using social media to garner
support for a "Yes" vote in the forthcoming referendum on same-sex
In a letter to be sent to the Republic's three main daily
papers, the organisers are calling for clergy to add their names to
The letter states: "We are clergy of the Church of Ireland who
realise that marriage is based on the values of love and
commitment. This is the case for heterosexual and same-sex couples,
whether the marriage involves children or not. We believe that . .
. a 'Yes' vote will be a contribution to a fairer and more truly
equal Ireland. For these reasons, and many more, we intend to vote
'Yes' in the forthcoming referendum on equal marriage."
The Church of Ireland officially, together with the Roman
Catholic, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches, remains consistent
in its view that marriage can only be interpreted as between a man
and a woman.
The report on human sexuality commissioned by the General Synod
will be received at the Synod next month.
Conservative groups, such as the Roman Catholic-led Iona
Institute, have criticised the managing director of Twitter in
Ireland, Stephen McIntyre, for saying that the company would
support the "Yes" lobby because it supported same-sex marriage in
the United States, and it would enhance Ireland's reputation.
A spokesman for the Iona Institute, Ben Conroy, said that
corporations such as Twitter should avoid commenting on Irish
Irish Muslim leaders are also opposing the "Yes" vote. Shaykh
Umar Al-Qadri, of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre, in Dublin, said:
"Gay people will be able to adopt children; these children will be
brought up without either a father or a mother."
Muslim voters, he said, while respecting equality, should keep
in mind the consequences for the family as a result of such a
The referendum takes place on 22 May.