Same Sex relationships

Posted on 05. Feb, 2015, in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Gospel Values1 Comment


Ireland will make history in May 2015 when it becomes the first country to hold a referendum on gay marriage. While other countries have legislated for it, no country has ever held a referendum until Ireland decided to do so. This coming May, the people of Ireland will be asked to decide whether the following new wording should be added to the Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.’

In response to this, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, will host a series of talks on Same-Sex Issues and the Bible. The aim of the course is to bring the Church’s discussion and discernment process on these issues to everyone. It is hoped that it will enable participants to think over the issues prayerfully with respect both for the biblical texts, for one another and for those whose lives are affected by the debate. Miriam Gormally spoke with the Very Revd Dermot to find out more.

The series will take place at Christ Church Cathedral from 7pm Р8.30pm on four Thursdays during lent: 26 Feb, 5 March, 12 March, 19 March. Admission is free and all are warmly invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
For further information please contact Nuala Kavanagh, Director of Operations, at Christ Church Cathedral on 01 677 8099 or 086 7978809 or email

One response to “Same Sex relationships”

  1. Suzanne Ryder says:

    I was delighted to see the theme of this interview, as I am in discernment with regard to how I might vote in this referendum. Listening to Dermot, I can hear how open he is and how well informed he is with regard to the scriptures. Thank you for bringing this issue to the fore. I am sorry that I live too far from Dublin to avail of the talks but send them positive energy in hope that their openness will spread. As you recognise in the interview, listening is a necessary element in real change. Thank you!