Stormont to debate same-sex marriage but bid set to fail

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Protestant and Catholic clergy have voiced calls for the traditional view of marriage to be defended when MLAs come to vote once more on the issue of gay unions on Tuesday.

Seven senior Catholic clerics, including cardinal Sean Brady, issued an open message to MLAs telling them that “the marriage of a woman and a man is the best and ideal place for children”, and deserves “special recognition and promotion by the state”.

The Church of Ireland also restated its position ahead of the vote, stating that marriage is for a man and a woman “to the exclusion of all others”.

 

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