The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion upholding marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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The motion, passed on Saturday, affirms Canon 31, which states that marriage is "a union permanent and lifelong, for better or worse, till death do them part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children, for the hallowing and right direction of the natural instincts and affections, and for the mutual society, help and comfort which the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity."
The motion continued: "The Church of Ireland teaches therefore that faithfulness within marriage is the only normative context for sexual intercourse."
It also acknowledged, however, that members of the Church "have at times hurt and wounded people by words and actions in relation to human sexuality."
The motion commits the Church to increasing its awareness of the issues surrounding human sexuality and welcoming all people.
SOURCE: Christian Today