When I left Ireland in 1986, homosexuality was a criminal offence, although I never heard of anyone being convicted of simply being ‘homosexual.’
It’s remarkable that Ireland is now introducing legilisation to give gay parents greater legal protection.
Credit must be given to those early pioneers, eg, David Norris who worked tirelessly and by doing so became figures of hate and personal abuse and ridicule.
Full credit must be given to these people.
Take note, Cardinal O Brien et al – achieving what you want needn’t be done by stirring up hatred, spreading falsehood and lies and damaging part of society.
Well done, David Norris.
the church is all but dead, the sooner the better.
REcent polls show that the Irish support changing the constitution to allow gays to marry by 3 to 1
the church is all but dead in Ireland, thank God. the pope has been told it is on the verge of collapse.
lets hope the bill includes ALL 6 related family law issues towards equality for same sex couples having children such as:
* Child custody equality;
* IVF access and parentage equality for lesbian and single women;
* Surrogacy access and parentage equality for gay men;
* Adoption access equality;
* Equality access of the Family Law Courts and;
* Equality in foster caring and parenting of children.
In Ireland even abortion has become a hot-button topic issue again!
As an Irishman (living in London) I am delighted but not a little surprised that Ireland is forging ahead with these wonderful advances in human rights. Religious fervor is dying out a bit now after priest pedophile scandals – and the new generation of young people seem to have better things to do with their time.
…better things to do then be brainwashed and raped by their sex starved priests
Equal civil marriage legislation (without an unnecessary referendum) will achieve exactly the same result.
Why is the Irish government proposing this?