Priest to defy Church teaching and vote 'yes' to same-sex marriage

Priest to defy Church teaching and vote 'yes' to same-sex marriage

A high profile priest says he will be voting 'yes' in the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage.

It comes after the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran yesterday called for a 'no' vote.

Fr Iggy O'Donovan says he accepts the teachings of the Catholic Church, but he also respects the right of others to see things differently.

The Limerick-based Augustinian priest says Ireland has moved on and we live in a plural society.

Fr O'Donovan said: "Western democracies have one thing going for them, and that is pluralism and toleration. So important.

"If we can't have that, we might as well go and live in the islamic republic or Russia. At least there you can have bigotry and oppression against the gay community in its purest form, and we won't have it here."


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