Through last Friday’s referendum the Republic of Ireland has been transformed into something like the Mordor of Marriage: it is now the only country in Europe, if not the world, that does not only legally recognize the absurdity of same-sex “marriages”, but has actually constitutionalized them.
Following the referendum, Article 41 of the Irish Constitution will read:
§1 (1)The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law.
(2) The State, therefore, guarantees to protect the Family in its constitution and authority, as the necessary basis of social order and as indispensable to the welfare of the Nation and the State.
§2 (1) In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.
(2) The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.
§3 (1) The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack.
(2) A Court designated by law may grant a dissolution of marriage where, but only where, it is satisfied that –
i) at the date of the institution of the proceedings, the spouses have lived apart from one another for a period of, or periods amounting to, at least four years during the previous five years,
ii) there is no reasonable prospect of a reconciliation between the spouses,
iii) such provision as the Court considers proper having regard to the circumstances exists or will be made for the spouses, any children of either or both of them and any other person prescribed by law, and
iv) any further conditions prescribed by law are complied with.
(3) No person whose marriage has been dissolved under the civil law of any other State but is a subsisting valid marriage under the law for the time being in force within the jurisdiction of the Government and Parliament established by this Constitution shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage within that jurisdiction during the lifetime of the other party to the marriage so dissolved.
§4 Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.
§3 was introduced only in 1996 following a similarly controversial referendum to legalize divorce, which at the time passed only with a very narrow margin of 50.28% v. 49.72%. § 4 is the amendment that was accepted through last week’s referendum.
What results therefrom is an absurd hodgepodge. Is there any worse attack against marriage than what is enshrined in §§ 3 and 4, i.e. its destruction through divorce and its vilification by placing it on a par with sexual perversion? How then is the Irish State living up to its claim to “guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack”? And how can a Family be founded on same-sex “marriages”, if tit is to be more than a mere legal artifice?
How does the adjective “necessary” fit with same-sex “marriage”, or with the artificial “families” resulting therefrom? Is not the decisive difference between true marriages (i.e., those between a man and a woman) and same§sex “marriages” precisely that the first are necessary for society, whereas the second are absolutely unnecessary? Is it not self-evident that a society exclusively consisting of heterosexual couples will continue to exist, whereas a society made up exclusively of same-sex couples would disappear after just one generation? If that is so, then only the marriage between a man and a woman, and the family resulting therefrom, can be deemed “necessary”. In other words, a society essentially consisting of heterosexuals may tolerate homosexuals, but it certainly does not need them. Inversely, homosexuals do need the existence and thriving of normal and healthy different-sex couples and their families.
If it were not for the foreseeable tragic consequences, the Irish referendum would be quite ridiculous: its proponents and supporters look like people who have tried to change the law of gravity through a democratic vote. They will soon discover that things do not work out that way.
This being so, it is clear that a country adopting such dangerously nonsensical marriage laws deserves a special colour on our Marriage Map. We have therefore decided to pain Ireland in purple, as it is the only country to have enshrined sodomitic “marriages” in its constitutions, where as other countries (in red) have legalized them only through ordinary legislation.
To counter-balance this deplorable mis-development, we use this opportunity to make another adjustment (though this is rather a rectification than a stock-taking of recent developments): Belarus must be added to the countries coloured in dark green that, very laudably, have a constitutional provision that defines marriage (exclusively) as a union between a man and a woman. Article 32, second sentence, of the Constitution of Belarus provides:
Женщина и мужчина по достижении брачного возраста имеют право на добровольной основе вступить в брак и создать семью. Супруги равноправны в семейных отношениях.
On reaching the age of consent women and men shall have the right to enter into marriage on a voluntary basis and start a family. A husband and wife shall be equal in family relationships.
This is then the new version of the Marriage map: