The Archbishop of Dublin has stated that differences between men and women are neither “an accident or a social construct” as he appealed to voters ahead of the gay marriage referendum.
Dairmuid Martin was one of a string of senior clergy delivering a similar message at the weekend in the run-up to the Republic of Ireland’s May 22 vote.
He called on Catholics to give careful consideration to the institution of marriage “before changing its definition”.
“Marriage is linked with the family where mothers and fathers bring different, yet complementary gifts and strengths into a child’s life,” he said.
“Marriage is not simply about a wedding ceremony or about two people being in love with each other.
“I ask you to reflect on why humans exist as male and female?
“It is not an accident or a social construct.
“There is a unique complementarity between men and women, male and female, rooted in the very nature of our humanity.
“I believe that this complementarity belongs to the fundamental definition of marriage.”