Voters in Ireland appear to have voted to preserve the country’s constitutional recognition of the central role of the traditional family founded on marriage as well as the societal value of women within the home, rejecting a pair of referendums held March 8, pro-referendum government leaders conceded Saturday.

“It does look like a no vote in both the family and care referendums,” Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan told RTE News on Saturday. “The first thing to say is that we respect that. It’s the voice of the people and in our constitution, it’s the people who are sovereign.”
The “Family Amendment” would have removed a clause about the importance of marriage and family to society from Ireland’s 1937 constitution and legally redefined “family” as either “founded on marriage or on other durable relationships.”

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