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Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage

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  1. The more she speaks up, the more I like her!

  2. I have a vague sense of déjà-vu with this article. Anyway,…

    Sensible words from a sensible woman.

    If more Catholics held similarly flexible views, the world (and indeed, Catholicism itself) would be in a better state

    1. I had the same feeling

      1. And me.

        1. ...Paddyswurds 9 Oct 2012, 6:56pm

          Your Deja Vu is misplaced. The last article was a blast at the Roman Catholic cults opposition and vilification of young gay people and didn’t mention support for Marriage Equality.
          Mrs McAleese has however always been a supporter of GLB people and was deeply involver as a young lawyer, along with Mary Robinson as barrister in David Norris’s fight to make homosexuality legal in Ireland.

  3. Pavlos Prince of Greece 9 Oct 2012, 4:43pm

    Thanks, Mary. You are now ‘my candidate’ by next elections of Secretary-General of United Nations. I know, person from Western Europe have little chances, but anyway.

  4. That Matt 9 Oct 2012, 5:27pm

    It’s a shame that she decided to remained silent until now, though…

    1. I am not surprised that she didn’t speak out until now. Presidents of Ireland do not become involved in everyday politics. One who was dragged into a political scandal during the 1970s, resigned instead of letting the Office become a “political football”.

      Mary Mc Aleese has always supported gay rights, like her predecessor and successor therefore, I have no bad words to say about her. :-)

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Oct 2012, 5:54pm

    I daresay she will receive a tongue-lashing from the roman cult. Some of its clergy have advised those who support equal marriage to refrain from receiving communion; some have threatened excommunication of politicians in support of it.

    Thank you, Mary, every bit helps.

    1. ...Paddyswurds 9 Oct 2012, 7:06pm

      As I said in the earlier article, they wouldn’t dare. The Hierarchy of the RC Church in Ireland are literally clinging on by the skin of their teeth and the numbers attending their services have fallen drastically to about 26% over the last 5/10 years because of the Clerical Paedophilia and the Vaticans disgraceful attitude and response to it. Prime Minister Enda Kenny blasted the Vatican from the floor of Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) and has closed the Irish Embassy to the Vatican and expelled the Papal Nuncio although a new one has just recently presented his credentials at the Aras. Whether he is allowed to stay is dependent on the behaviour of the RCC hierarchy in Ireland

  6. What i like about Mary McAleese is that unlike David Cameron she has always stood up for LGBT rights and equality. A truly wonderful person she is. :D

    1. ...Paddyswurds 9 Oct 2012, 7:21pm

      @Charley…
      …. Mary McAleese cannot be compared to David Cameron as that was not her remit. She could however be compared to Queen Elizabeth as she was Ireland’s Head of State and like the Queen she had no political power.. That did not stop her from expressing constant support for Ireland’s Gay community before, during and since her 14 year tenure at Aras An Uchtrain.
      She held a garden party every year of her Presidency, at Aras An Uchtrain in Phoenix Park for the gay community…..

  7. She is real leadership material. No mealy mouthed waffle about having gay friends….but……

  8. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 10 Oct 2012, 3:53am

    It sounds like Ireland will also beat Australia in the marriage equality race!

    Civil partnerships legislation also needs to be fixed as well because there are 169 legal differences in fact ranging from adoption, IVF, employment, Taxation, immigration, criminal law and sexual offences (for example you are allowed to have sex with a person under the age of 17 if you are married only). However this provision within Irish Criminal Law does not extend to include civil partnerships. 169 pieces of Irish Law still do not have the words “or in a civil partnerships” and/or “or civil partner” – next to the word “spouse” and/or “married”.

    http://www.marriagequality.ie/getinformed/justlove/missingpieces.html

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2012/1009/1224325060162.html

  9. This is old news P.N……

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