Vatican might rethink gay marriage after ‘yes vote’ in Ireland

Vatican might rethink gay marriage after ‘yes vote’ in Ireland

Experts have said that the Vatican might have to rethink its stand on gay marriagein the aftermath of a yes-vote by Ireland on the issue.

The same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland won as most people said yes. The issue is expected to create a lot of debate at the Synod of Bishops in Rome this year.Pope Francis and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church had already expected a yes vote on the issue but the amount of people saying yes may have caused a surprise to the church authorities.

Some say that the Church's teaching on marriage might be debated so soon. However, the church will have to determine how it will interact with the members of the gay and lesbian community. The working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Family will be published during the coming weeks before it actually occurs in October.

Experts say that following the huge attention to the referendum, the church is most likely to discuss so called "irregular" relationships - including civil marriages, co-habitation and same- sex couples. Some suggest that the tone and the emphasis around the subject is already changing in the church but it will not happen overnight and not through a piece of paper.

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