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    Evangelicals and LGBT Activists Unite Against Same-sex Marriage Referendum

    In a rare alliance, evangelicals and LGBT activists are uniting in their opposition to a same-sex marriage referendum in Northern Ireland.

    According to Christian Today, Northern Ireland’s Labour Party shadow secretary of state Ivan Lewis called for the public vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

    The General Assembly has voted four times in the past three years not to legalize same-sex marriage, so Lewis believes a referendum is needed.

    Evangelicals oppose the referendum because it goes against the traditional view of marriage to which they hold.

    "We believe there is value in retaining a distinct definition of marriage as between a man and a woman as a platform for flourishing,” a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Evangelical Alliance stated.

    LGBT activists also oppose the referendum, however. The activists hope that same-sex marriage will be legalized in Northern Ireland, but they do not support a referendum as a way to achieve this.

    They say they would rather have a law passed by the General Assembly that would legalize same-sex marriage, rather than allowing the people to vote on the issue.

    The brutal, soul-shaking truth is that we are so earthly minded we are of no heavenly use.
    Leonard Ravenhill




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