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Pictured: Northern Ireland couple 'refused' wedding at Catholic Church because of pro-choice views

This is the couple who claim to have been refused marriage in a Catholic Church because of the groom's pro-choice beliefs.

Kevin McAteer and Shaunagh Griffin have said they are extremely upset, worried and unsure of what is going to happen next.

Father Damien Quigley, from the Parish of Middle Killeavy Newry, is said to have warned the couple that advocating abortion could mean their wedding would not take place in a Catholic Church.

Mr McAteer said: "We are both shocked and very worried at the current situation, although the wedding is booked with the Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint, we currently have no priest or church for our wedding and that has happened as a result of my pro-choice beliefs.

"We feel that the church is discriminating against us because we are not following them, however, we feel that everyone has a right to an opinion and that although 66% voted in favour of the yes campaign in the south does. that mean they will be denied marriage in a Catholic Church as well?

"Furthermore, how will our children be affected? Will they be unable to get baptised in the church now that one of their parents is pro-choice?"

The couple said they want the issue resolved as quickly as possible so they can get married.

The couple have made a complaint to Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin and have contacted An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to outline their concerns.

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