Statement on the Irish Referendum on the Redefinition of Marriage

Statement on the Irish referendum on the redefinition of marriage from Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International:

“Today the Irish people have chosen decay and decline. This decision will not bring peace or progress, but will bring, as we have seen around the rest of the so-called developed world, more internal division and the abandonment of religious freedom and other basic rights. There is no sustainable peace for those who reject God’s law, and the effect on the traditionally Catholic nation of Ireland will be severe. We pray with our Irish brothers and sisters that this error will be reversed, and that the Church will again take up its true leadership role and unequivocally and prophetically tell the truth about God’s plan for marriage, the family and a flourishing, peaceful society.”


About Fr. Shenan J. Boquet

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries, offering the Sacraments, giving seminars and trainings, appearing on numerous media outlets, and encouraging people of all walks of life to live as faithful advocates for a Culture of Life and Love. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing


  1. Heather on May 23, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Amen. I’m sure many of those voted no are feeling great sorrow for their country. I know , even as an American ,I am.

  2. Dante Manreal on May 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Another victory for the Culture of Death.

  3. nowaRINO on May 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    If Ireland was so traditionally Roman Catholic they would have obeyed the priests. That is not happening anymore.

  4. Douglas E. Berry on May 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    It’s the exact same thing. Back in the fifties and sixties the people defending anti-miscegenation laws made the exact same claims. The invoked the Bible and God’s law. They claimed that allowed people of different races to marry would devalue and destroy marriage. And the most hysterical predicted that Loving v. Virginia would destroy the nation.

    The same arguments were also used to oppose allowing Catholics to immigrate. Same argument, just change the target of hate.

  5. Michael Day on June 1, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    No God. No peace.

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