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Irish president slams homophobia in message to youth organisation

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  1. Good on him for speaking out!

  2. It’s great to see the Irish state and people get movement on LGBT issues, not just in the law but in terms of very public support from their leaders. It’s not that long ago that it was illegal to have gay sex in Ireland, so the speed they are moving at now really is refreshing to see. I hope it continues all the way through to full equality, as it should in all countries.

    1. Also considering a lot of the RoI is Roman Catholic too!

      1. So are Spain, Portugal, Argentine, and Belgium.

        And in all those countries LGBT enjoy legal equality.

        Unlike in Britain or Ireland where CP apartheid remains as a disgusting stain on our supposed commitment to equality.

        1. David – go and spend some time in Spain and tel me they have gay equality. My partner lives there and it’s still lagging behind at street level – most bars (outside of Madrid) are hard to find and windowless. We’ll be knocking CP into touch soon – with the new right wing gov in Spain they’ll be repealing marriage. I lived in Spain and the US – the UK is still easily the best place to live as a gay man. Let’s push for full equality and not be so quick to knock the country we live in.

      2. Paddyswurds 28 Mar 2012, 5:05pm

        @D McCabe…
        ….Ireland isn’t in thrall to the Roman cult anymore, as a visit to almost any church at the weekend will confirm. Most of those still going to Mass are well the wrong side of sixty five. The shocking scandal and revelations about the sadistic abuse and paedophilia has opened the eyes of the Irish as to what their beloved church was really doing behind their backs (no pun intended) for centuries. The report released this week from the Vatican Visitation was pathetic in its content and has rather than allayed fears about the scandal, made things worse as it was nothing more than inane platitudes about what will be done in the future. So it is highly unlikely that there will be any opposition from that quarter when Marriage Equality is eventually tabled in Leinster House.

  3. Absolutely, it’s a testament to the damage of all forms of bullying to all ages, genders and sexualities!

    1. stan James 30 Mar 2012, 2:48am

      and the endless hidden molestation of children

  4. Would he kindly also address the synod of the C of E and the Vatican too?

  5. Good for him.

    He needs to start condemning the lack of marriage equality in Ireland.

    The inability of same sex couples to have a civil marriage is as a direct consequence of homophobia.

    The Irish president is jjust a figurehead with no actual power, but it would be very embarrassing for the government to be condemned for their homophobia in refusing to address the marriage inequality situation in Ireland.

    And I know full well that President Higgins would support marriage equality.

    1. I agree and I hope he encourages Peter Robinson in the North to make similar statements – I can imagine the response.

      Good on him though as he may not have much actual power but people do listen to him.

      1. Robinson isn’t worth the effort. None of the DUP are. Totally corrupt hypocrites pretending to be “righteous”.

    2. You’ve got it wrong. The Irish government are addressing marriage inequality. They have committed to introducing same sex marriage.

      1. Dromio, you have to ignore David, he thinks he has a grasp on Irish politics from Wikipedia. He hasn’t noticed marriage equality is on the programme for government.

  6. Perhaps he could deliver a talk to the saintly bretheren on basic decency and fairness?

    1. stan James 30 Mar 2012, 2:39am

      You’d get more understanding and action by him talking to a boulder, vs the brainwashed, induced relgiious obsessive compulsive disordered Jesus freaks.

  7. Its difficult to concentrate on a brilliant thing like this, when Abercrombie & Fitch new campaign video is at the right of the screen!!!

  8. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Mar 2012, 4:59pm

    Well done, President Higgins! Good for Ireland too! Now on to marriage equality.

  9. Father Dougal 28 Mar 2012, 6:53pm

    Great teeth for his age, don’t you think?

  10. Shame our head of state has never made a similar condemnation of homophobia and bigotry.

  11. Conor McGahon 28 Mar 2012, 11:13pm

    Michael D. Is unique as an Irish head of State in his willingness to engage in issues that the establishment would prefer relegated to the side-line or ignored.
    Much has changed in Ireland and a lot of it positive since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1997 and the acrimonious debate at that time.
    Believe me I know!!!
    I also live in Spain and the new conservative government is indeed talking about rolling back the equality legislation introduced some years back. That kind of regressive action is the very reason why the campaign for same-sex marriage rights must be strengthened in the UK, RoI, wherever.

    1. You obviously don’t know, decriminalisation in ireland was in 1993.

  12. Conor McGahon 29 Mar 2012, 1:55pm

    Apologies, I stand corrected, 1993. I should know. My father voted against it in the Irish Parliament.
    Thankfully it is a memory fading into the distance!

    1. that would be brendan? he moved on though later in his views, didn’t he?

  13. stan James 30 Mar 2012, 2:37am

    the catholic church had made it illegal to have gay sex in Ireland in the past.

    While their unmarried priests were trying to create more followers by f@@@@@g little boys bottoms

    A comment from the USA civil rights battles comes to mind –

    Burn baby Burn

    1. no, the british parliament did. the laws on homosexuality were inherited from british rule.

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