Ireland not ready for Gay Marriage

27 06 2008

In a radio interview this morning on Newstalk’s Breakfast Show, a Fianna Fail Senator (name escapes me now) stated that she supported the proposed Bill on Civil Partnership which would give equal rights to gay couples in terms of inheritance tax, taxation, etc. However she stated emphatically that she did not support gay marriage because Ireland wasn’t ready for gay marriage. (!)!)!)

This comes off the back of a report in today’s Irish Times which reveals that a group of Fianna Fail TDs and Senators put forward a motion demanding nothing should be included in the Bill which would in any way lessen the “special status” enjoyed by heterosexual marriage under the Constitution. Apparently 30 individuals have signed this motion which is being spearheaded by Senator Jim Walsh. In typical cowardly worm fashion the Senator was “did not return calls from the Times last night”. Too busy out sharpening his pitchfork. Cretin.

This almost put me off my morning coffee….My problems:

  1. If Ireland “isn’t ready” for gay marriage what facts do they have to support this. The majority of our EU counterparts have had civil partnership laws for gay couples for years now. We are behind the times already. How long more must we wait and who decides when we’re ready…Fianna Fail? It’s attitudes like this that gives people outside Ireland the perception that we are all going around saying “top of the morning to ya laddy” and leaving our thatched cottages via horse and cart in the mornings for a hard day toiling in the fields. The Irish Government should be focusing on getting Ireland out of recession mode rather that wasting resources debating and delaying a Bill which should have been passed years ago.
  2. If there is any debate around this issue it should be why doesn’t Ireland take a leading stance in Europe on this issue as it did with the Smoking Ban and move to give same sex couples TRULY equal rights and bring in same sex marriage…no doubt Senator Walsh would burst a vessel at the thoughts of such folly!
  3. It’s a miracle I got to work unscathed this morning as I was blinded from the light emitted from the halo’s of all the heterosexuals with “special status”. Could a more derogatory phrase have been used? I don’t think so. This demotes same-sex couples to a standing below the general populous and thus is a deeply prejudiced remark. Where are all the other politicians. Why has no-one spoken out against such comments. Surely it would be an ideal opportunity for Opposition Parties to earn some brownie points?

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5 responses

27 06 2008

So when is Ireland ready for equality? Marriage is a basic civil right that should be attainable by all people if they choose. For those who are uncomfortable with gay marriage check out our short produced to educate & defuse the controversy. It has a way of opening closed minds & provides some sanity on the issue:

27 06 2008

There is a simple amswer to the question :
“When will Ireland be ready for gay marraige”
Answer: When it is passed by referendum.
The government can not do it alone.
I note the authors anti rural dweller bigotry “sharpening his pitchfork”
Following the vote on the Lisbon Treay a referedum on gay marriage would give the Irish people a chance to show we are a liberal,progressive, open minded,fair minded people.
Not that we are xenophobic,anti immigrant, anti asylum seeker, anti black. We do not want anything to do with extreme right wing groups like UK Independence Party. We do not want Declan Gantley leader of Libertas going to visit House of Commons right wing groups by way of a lap of honour.
Yes a referedum on gay marriage would be a great natonal coming together andhealing opportunity
I note the authors anti rural dweller bigotry “sharpening his pitchfork”

27 06 2008

Frank- I most certainly do not have “anti rural dweller bigotry” as I come from a rural location where you could lie in the road for an hour and not get hit by a car! I appreciate your point as regards right wing groups and the need for a referendum on the issue but would suggest that, since clearly this is a topic which moves people to passionate debate, a referendum be announced sooner rather than later.

Charlotte- i hadn’t heard of Outtake before…thanks for the link.

4 07 2008
david watson

I think this is a disgrace and i totally agree with OP. I have already written to three TD’s regarding this. ireland’s governement is a total disgrace and i certainly wnot be helping them to keep in pwer in the next election!

5 07 2008

I think Fianna Fail are toast in the next election…although I can’t see any alternative party making a better stab at things! Have you had any response from the TD’s?

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