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# Same-Sex Marriage

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# what you need to know
'Same-sex marriage referendum WON'T change adoption in Ireland'
No matter which way you vote, Special Rapporteur for Children, Geoffrey Shannon has said.
'We can protect the rights of gay people without redefining the meaning of marriage'
If the amendment is accepted, it will prevent the State from adopting a constitutional or legislative stance in relation to a vision of the family which would prioritise the parental roles of mothers and fathers, writes Mattie McGrath TD
# Referendum
Eamon Gilmore: Same-sex marriage has no implications for children
The former Tánaiste also shares his thoughts on Nigel Farage.
# No
Catholic leaders are out in force arguing against same-sex marriage
One bishop believes schoolbooks that view marriage as solely between a man and a woman could face legal challenges if the vote is passed.
# keep it civil
Here's how the Catholic Church in Britain has responded to same-sex marriage
The first same-sex marriages in England, Wales and Scotland took place last year. So how has the Church stance changed on civil marriages?
# Same-Sex Marriage
Studio clashes, Bosco ... Here's what to expect in the countdown to referendum day
Passions have been running high in the debate so far – and there’ll be plenty more opportunities for the two sides to get their points across.
We cannot vote. We need you to stand in our place.
As an emigrant, I’m urging people to go to the polls on 22 May. Every single vote matters.
# Diaspora
Irish abroad are calling for you to use your vote at home
They won’t be able to vote in elections and referendums here any time soon.
# marriage ref
It would be "insane" to pass this referendum - former Fine Gael councillor
Professor Bill Tormey has clarified why he’ll be voting no on 22 May.
# marriage ref
The family in the No poster say they would vote Yes in same-sex marriage referendum
The couple said they were never paid for the images.
# country choice
Shop sent hate mail over Yes to same-sex marriage poster
There are now plans to put even more posters up.
# Same-Sex Marriage
The Iona Institute have launched a new animated video to voice their 'No' arguments
The conservative group’s 2012 video ‘The Case for Man/Woman Marriage’ racked up over 100,000 views and was met with a scathing parody version.
# Game o’ Throne
Roddy Doyle just used Game of Thrones to argue in favour of same-sex marriage
He’s done it again.
# god's plan
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin wants to make something clear: He's voting No
He says he doesn’t usually give his voting preference but is making an exception.
# marref
Miss last night's Prime Time debate? Here's what people are talking about
“Equal does not mean the same.”
# marriage ref
Leo: People have offered to pray for me and save my soul
The health minister isn’t too bothered though.
What would a No vote signal to young gay Ireland?
The result of the referendum will send a clear message to those young people in schoolyards and exam halls.
# D-Day
Did you make the voter registration deadline? A lot of people tried
Queues were spotted at local council offices.
What lies ahead in the closing weeks of the marriage referendum campaign?
With the result still far from guaranteed, where are campaigners likely to focus their energies in the final days?
# Same-Sex Marriage
Church still undecided if it will carry out civil ceremonies if referendum passes
Archbishop Eamon Martin says the referendum also raises issues about what it teaches children.
# intervention
Senior Archbishop warns: Church could face legal action for opposing gay marriage
The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has issued a long message to churchgoers tonight.
# Same-Sex Marriage
This audience member's reaction was clear ... what did everyone else make of the Late Late debate?
Strong exchanges, personal experiences, and a diverse array of speakers made last night’s debate a must-watch affair.
# my bad
Water protesters mistaken for No campaigners and called 'homophobe b***ards'
“We are getting dog’s abuse.”
# intervention
IDA boss didn't talk to the government before calling for a Yes vote
Martin Shanahan’s call for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has not gone down well with the No side.
# level up
This Dublin gaming shop's new equality shutter is perfectly apt
This is so lovely.
# living a lie
Some older gay people are 'excruciatingly lonely' and 'struggle to exist'
Pat Carey has said many people of his generation have contacted him since he came out publicly.
# marriage referendum
'Worse than losing my seat': Leo would be absolutely devastated with a No vote
The Health Minister, who came out publicly in January, helped launch Fine Gael’s referendum campaign today.
# Same-Sex Marriage
Enda has pretty much ruled out a live TV debate with the No side
Kenny said the issue is not a party political one.
‘What about the children?’ As one of the children in question, I say a No vote will hurt us
There will be children who pass ‘Vote No’ posters on their way to and from school and wonder why these strangers seem to hate their families.
# ethical issue
Surrogacy is still being discussed ahead of the same-sex marriage vote
Lawyers for Yes say the referendum has no connection with the issue.
If the Catholic church doesn't urgently signal a change in attitude, I fear for its future
Representative of the church must meaningfully alter responses toward women, LGBT people, and those in second relationships, writes Fr Tony Flannery.
# Same-Sex Marriage
19,000 sign petition calling for same-sex marriage mural NOT to be removed
The artist behind it has received a warning notice about its removal.
# Amanda
This might be the most unfortunate typo of the whole marriage equality debate
Who’s Amanda?!
# ssmref
No group says presence of gardaí at a Yes event has 'fractured' its neutrality
Gardaí say their presence at the photocall ‘wasn’t appropriate’.
# stopwatch the presses
Marian Finucane using "stopwatches" to ensure balance on marriage referendum debates
The broadcaster made the comment on her RTÉ Radio 1 show this afternoon.
# Marriage equality
16 Irish celebrities who have pledged their support for same-sex marriage
Well-known Irish people have not been shy about getting involved.
My experience as a mother is why I’m fighting for a Yes vote
I have two children. For one of them a simple model of a happy life is currently unobtainable. Being gay, my son is denied a right his older sister takes for granted.
The Yes campaign excludes those with reservations about same sex marriage
The fact is that some voters have reservations about gay couples adopting children, therefore genuine engagement on this issue is needed.
I hope the next generation will know no such thing as 'gay marriage' – but just 'marriage'
I want to live my life openly and freely and not to let me sexuality define me. I am not straight, I am not gay – I am a man.
# Dublin
Calls for marriage equality mural to be removed to "give the No side justice"
The mural was erected last weekend.