News Roundup

Couples waiting a decade longer to wed new figures show

Couples in Ireland are delaying marriage by a decade longer than in the 1970s, latest figures reveal, and the average age for a person marrying is at the highest since records began. The average marriage age for a man today is 35.3 years and 33.2 for a woman. The figures also show there were 91 same-sex marriages since the Yes vote to same-sex marriage last year up to the end of the year. Many of these were previously Civic Partnerships.
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State of Kentucky compromises on same-sex marriage licences

The US state of Kentucky, which imprisoned county clerk Kim Davis for five days after her refusal to sign a same-sex marriage licence has passed legislation allowing for such refusal in the future. As a compromise on the issue, the new law sees all names and titles from the state’s marriage license forms removed entirely.
 
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Staff ‘fired for not meeting abortion quota’ – former manager

A former manager at a facility operated by America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, has alleged that staff were expected to meet quotas on terminations and were fired for failing to do so. Abby Johnson who worked with the organisation for eight years further stated that even though the group offers a range of services, each one is designed to lead customers back to Planned Parenthood for an abortion in the event of an unplanned pregnancy.
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One third of Irish children live in deprived households – UNICEF

Almost one third of Irish children are raised in materially deprived households, a new study published by UNICEF has revealed. Further, Ireland has the fourth worst income inequality in the EU ranked just below Britain, Belgium and Bulgaria.

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Call to end Dáil Prayer ‘nonsense’ – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described as “nonsense” calls to remove the traditional prayer before the commencement of Dáil business. Reacting to the call, made by Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy as attempts to form a new government continue, Deputy McGrath said: “This is pure shenanigans for the sake of publicly I think. It’s a distraction from the real issue.”

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Campaigners urge ‘No’ to Canadian euthanasia Bill

As a Bill to legislate for physician-assisted suicide was placed before the Canadian Parliament, pro-life groups urged legislators to vote ‘No’ on a law they describe as “dangerous”. The long anticipated Bill C-14 will now be discussed by elected officials with a June 6 deadline for a final decision.

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Pro Life Campaign calls for setting aside of ‘Citizens’ Convention’ on abortion

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has called on parties currently negotiating the formation of the next government to set aside the ‘Citizens’ Convention on abortion proposed by Fine Gael. “It is high time that the acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny took this idea off the negotiating table so that the question of a referendum is no longer allowed to further delay the vital process of setting up a new Government,” a spokesperson for the PLC said.

 

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Expelled Christian student to seek legal redress

A Christian student, Felix Ngole, who was expelled from his University of Sheffield course in Britain after he posted Facebook comments in support of the biblical understanding of marriage as between one man and one woman is to seek legal action after his appeal against that expulsion was rejected.

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Chinese same-sex couple loses marriage bid

A same-sex couple on China has lost a legal case which they hoped would let them marry under Chinese law. The case, heard before a court in Changsha City is the first recorded legal action of its kind in Chinese history. The case arose when the couple at the heart of the case were denied a marriage licence in 2015. Homosexuality was decriminalised in China in 1997.

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Sex selective abortion a ‘global problem’

 A new report released in the United States of America has revealed that abortion based solely on gender now “occurs globally”. Conducted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the report details extreme male-female differences in all regions, including Europe and the US. In China alone, the report states, the male population outnumbers the female by 33 million.
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