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Very thoughtful article on Irish referendum

I commend Paul Hopkins for his article, 'Gay marriage referendum: Why I changed my mind - and then changed it back again' (DebateNI, May 19), which was thoughtful, resisted the "equality" route and didn't even use the Bible for argument.

There are alternative means to present the traditional view that society is best served with marriage between one man and one woman ahead of today's referendum in the Republic of Ireland on "equal marriage".

The Irish constitution, at Article 43.1.1, endorses the traditional family as the bedrock of society, which is not necessarily legislated on religious grounds.

Unfortunately, Christians are being viewed as homophobic, intolerant and condemnatory.

Thankfully, to quote John 1:17, "The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" and Jesus in his encounters with people was compassionate and non-condemnatory, even with the woman taken in adultery where, after she was accused in John 8:1-11, he said, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?". She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

This is the positive message of grace we need to hear today.



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