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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Bomb Scare at Dublin Gay Pride Festival

23 06 2008

So Dublin’s Annual Gay Pride Festival is all over bar some queens crying. What a pride festival it was too- a wondrous mix of fabulousness and drama diluted only by torrential downpours on Saturday.

The place to be on Friday night, if you are fighting in the Ellen DeGeneres corner was at the horrendously named “Dyke Night” (hate that word). It was a well handled by the event organisers with newbies to the Dublin scene invited to meet “Pride Volunteers” beforehand. There was a great vibe in the club and it was quickly evident that nothing gets a few hundred lesbians riled up like a pole-dancer and the Backstreet Boys….Ok so the pole-dancers are obvious, but the Backstreet Boys???

They were in fact the Dykes of Hazard…A group of students from DIT who began by miming a Backstreet Boys song for a laugh. These girls were without doubt a highlight of the night. They’ve perfected the BS Boys moves i.e. obligatory crotch grabbing, donned faux facial hair and baggy shirts and have now become a hit on the scene.

Unfortunately Saturday brought with it hangovers of monumental proportions. Just as we were contemplating heading to the parade, we realised that it was bucketing down rain. A pity for the organisers of the festival as attendance at the parade was significantly reduced.

On the Saturday night a group of us made our way to the Front Lounge. I was no sooner in the door when a guy gave me a sloppy kiss on the cheek and wished me “happy Pride”….a clear signal it would be a good night. However across town a few hundred revelers were given a sobering jolt when the George club was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

I realise there is probably a hoard of people hoping Delta Goodrem, who was on stage at the time, was at least maimed in this incident, however it was just a hoax. The club was emptied for 90 minutes and searched and the street blocked off as a precaution. So what about all the people “priding it up Dublin style”? Well to show that you can keep a good homo down, a gang of people started limbo dancing under the police tape….I only pray somebody captured this on video! Anyway no bomb was found, all the club goers got free drinks upon re-entry and the party continued. You have to wonder about the petty homophobe that called the threat in though. I hear karma can be a bitch.

Check out the Dykes of Hazard…hilarious..of course this video doesn’t do justice to a live performance with the gals being cheered on by hundreds of rowdy lesbians!





Petty Bishops and Gay on the brain!

17 06 2008

On the same day the first legal gay marriages took place in California, the Times reports on the results of a study by Swedish scientists at the Karolinska Institute which has added further credence to the fact that you do not choose to be gay..you are born gay.

Born gay?

The scientists scanned the brains of 90 healthy gay and heterosexual adults, men and women, and compare the volume of the hemispheres. Their conclusion was that structurally, the brains of gay men were similar to those of heterosexual women, and gay women’s were like heterosexual men. The study analysed the amygdala which governs emotion, mood, anxiety and aggressiveness.

Scientists believe these brain differences were laid down early in foetal development and so…drumroll…. Dr Qazi Rahman, a lecturer in cognitive biology at Queen Mary, University of London: “As far as I’m concerned there is no argument any more – if you are gay, you are born gay,” he said.

This isn’t the first scientific study into the origins of homosexuality. In 1991, Simon LeVay identified differences in the hypothalamus of straight and gay men.

So with all the gay pride going aroung at the moment (we’re in the midst of the Pride Festival in Dublin at the moment) someone had to rain on the parade. The Church have come out to poo poo the community. A petty statement released following the Irish Bishops Conference (a stimulating affair no doubt) was a load of waffle. For example:

“Christian tradition holds that sexual differentiation is intrinsic to our understanding of the sacrament of marriage.”

“Marriage has a meaning that is not reducible to individuals’ intentions and society’s laws. Marriage is not perceived as just any kind of relationship, but as a quite specific kind of relationship, with certain core characteristics.”

“It is oriented towards the sharing of their lives and the support they will give each other, and also towards the creation of new human beings as the fruit of their love.”

“It is for the sake of these two objectives that the loving marital relationship between a woman and a man needs to be one that is faithful, exclusive and lasting.”

So if you wade through all that bull it all adds up to the Church making noise for noise’s sake to create whatever bit of disruption possible. Petty. They are basically stating that the purpose of marriage is to pop out sprogs! Sad.