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Vatican paper calls Irish gay marriage vote 'a defeat'

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has described passage of a referendum in Ireland that allows gay couples to marry as "a defeat."

Voters in mostly Roman Catholic Ireland headed to the polls on Friday. The following day, thousands gathered at Dublin Castle's central square, where returns were being announced live on big-screen televisions. The referendum passed with more than 62% of the vote.

(Related: Neither Pope Francis nor the Vatican have officially reacted to the results.

"The margin between the 'yes' and the 'no' votes was too large not to be accepted as a defeat," the paper wrote. "It was the result of high voter turnout, notably among young people."

Reacting to the referendum results, Diarmuid Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, said that the Catholic Church "needs to have a reality check across the board."

Martin had argued that the rights of gay men and lesbians should be respected "without changing the definition of marriage."

"I ask myself, most of these young people who voted yes are products of our Catholic school system for 12 years," he added. "I'm saying there's a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the church."

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It is defeat for the Holy Mother Church that embraced child rape, slavery, abuse, human restricting, money laundering, and working with organized crime with in Ireland. Maybe they need to rebrand and accept that the world has moved on from their attempted dictatorship in state religion. Let this be a lesson for "Christians" who want to impose a state religion in the US.
Posted by Michael Martinez on Tue, 5/26/2015 4:14 PM
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Fuck them.
Posted by Michael Biasiello on Tue, 5/26/2015 4:23 PM
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Maybe they should spend more time responding to all the molestation charges against so many of their OWN priest, and not worry about Ireland! #justsaying
Posted by Tony Lawayne Measles on Wed, 5/27/2015 10:50 AM
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