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Forbes magazine apologises for incorrectly stating Ireland’s president is gay

July 24, 2013

Forbes magazine has apologised to Ireland’s president after stating incorrectly that he’s gay.

The US financial publication described Michael D Higgins, who’s been married to his wife Sabina for almost 40 years, as an “acknowledged homosexual” in an online article.

Cork-based journalist David Monagan said it’s the worst mistake of his career and has apologised to the Higgins family.

“I made a terrible mistake and I apologise to Michael D Higgins who I have respect for,” he said.

“I feel horrible. The story is that I made a mistake, for which I apologise from my heart. It was under deadline pressure and is inexcusable.”

The Irish Independent reports it took a number of hours for Forbes to realise the mistake.

At an LGBT youth event last March President Higgins spoke of the need to challenge homophobia in Irish society. 

He said: “We have to ask about how racism gets going, how homophobia does its destructive work, how isolation tears at a person’s wanting to exist, how important every person is. These are important issues, not merely emotional issues.”

In June, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore called for greater tolerance in the country. 

A referendum on equal marriage in Ireland will take place in 2014. 

 

More: Europe, Forbes magazine, Ireland, Ireland, Irish, Michael D Higgins, mistake, The Irish Independent

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