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Saturday 30 August 2014

Dublin Pride 'paves way' for equal marriage rights

Michael Staines

Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30

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Panti with members of the Garda Band at Pride in Dublin over the weekend.

THE success of the Dublin Pride parade shows that Ireland is ready to legislate for equal marriage rights, according to organisers and activists.

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Dublin Pride chairperson Jason Flynn said Saturday's parade went off "without a hitch", with organisers estimating up to 40,000 people lined the route – their highest to date.

"I think what it shows is that there is a lot of support for a positive outcome to any future referendum," said Mr Flynn.

"It is not just members of the LGBT community coming along, it is friends and allies."

Brian Sheehan, director of the gay and lesbian equality network GLEN, said the "extraordinary welcome the people of Dublin have shown for the parade" shows the remarkable journey the country has been on.

Irish Independent

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