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Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’

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  1. Jock S. Trap 1 Jul 2012, 6:53pm

    Thank you Mr Gilmore. It’s good to see people seeing the sensible thing and helping fight for our Rights to be treated respectfully and equally.

  2. Well done, Eamon. Thank you. Very heartening words.

  3. So what is Gilmore going to do to resolve this.

    What,s his plan of action?

    I mean he is the deputy PM. I expect more than empty rhetoric from him.

    1. GingerlyColors 1 Jul 2012, 9:43pm

      C’mon! I much rather listen to his ‘rhetoric’ than the homophobic bile that you may expect from the Ugandan Deputy Prime Minister!

    2. “I mean he is the deputy PM. I expect more than empty rhetoric from him.”

      Its in his programme of government to introduce civil marriage, including a referendum if the Attorney General indicates so, so yeah, that would be the plan of action you seek.

      And given you use the term “deputy PM” rather than Tanaiste, his correct title, shows you probably do not have a full understanding of Irish politics.

  4. GingerlyColors 1 Jul 2012, 9:42pm

    I hope that Ireland will join Spain and Argentina in the growing club of ‘staunchly’ Catholic countries that have stuck two fingers up at the Pope and introduced marriage equality.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 1 Jul 2012, 11:49pm

      They’ve had plenty of priests fingers and penises stuck up them over the years in Ireland

      1. Grow up.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Jul 2012, 12:35am

      Exactly, and what is interesting is that catholic countries seem to get it done much faster than those stiff, tight-arsed protestant countries like the England and the rest of the UK. Just look at France, gay couples will be able to marry within a year and we won’t even have had the first reading until 2013.

  5. He is right, the Civil Rights movement for all LGBT people is the right to get married and all of our equal rights are the issue of this generation. We must demand freedom for all of our LGBT brothers and sisters and fight until we have equal and Civil Right for all gays.

  6. Kornelijus Norvidas 2 Jul 2012, 3:07am

    Good speech. No more, no less. But when marriage equality to Ireland comes earlier than to UK, it will be funniest story in the LGBT history ever! Even by one day difference.

    1. Why so? Ireland had an equal age of consent before our British neighbours. It’s quaint how our friends across the water persist with this outdated image of Ireland as a “staunchly Catholic” country. I suppose the fact that we get all your media and you get little of ours means we know much more about you than you know about us. :-)

  7. Har Davids 2 Jul 2012, 7:24am

    I still don’t understand why the introduction of same-sex marriage takes so much time. Are the politicians afraid of the clergy and other assorted homophobes? We’re talking about a minority within a minority that no longer accepts its civil rights being denied.

    There must be more urgent matters than this one. Defy the homophobes and change the law. In spite of the warnings, it won’t destroy the world.

    1. That is what Mr Cameron is doing, he has already said the law is going to be changed, the consultation was on how and why. Unfortunately like all laws it requires support and is subject to parliamentary process you need to get it perfect to have it pass in the house of commons and the majority of the house of lords is made up of (unelected) religious old people – that will be the barrier to the legislation which will take 3 years to bypass – unless they accept it first or second time in which case it will be between a year or 2 earlier.

  8. Good to see more progress in Ireland – sounds like the government have made their mind up. Bring forward the legislation!

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