Dr Eamon Martin, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, has said he “would dearly love to see a greater public debate [on same-sex marriage] in a calm and reasonable manner which respects the voices of people on both sides of the debate.”
Commenting on the same-sex marriage debate to date, Archbishop Martin told The Irish Independent that he was “a little bit disappointed” that those who argue in favour of traditional marriage “will often be attacked as being bigoted or homophobic”.
This is “far from the truth”, he remarked.
He also said that the Church “must always speak out against any victimisation or bullying or harassment of people.”
He stated that he would like to say a “debate which at least allows people to speak positively about what we in the Church see as the beautiful nature of marriage between a man and a woman open to the procreation of children.”