Burton: 'No' campaign is fixated on idea of 'ideal family'
Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30
Tánaiste Joan Burton said the 'No' campaign's posters showing an "ideal family" are "insulting" to people raised by single or adoptive parents.
Speaking at the launch of the Labour Party's same-sex marriage referendum campaign, Ms Burton, who was adopted, said the 'No' side was "fixated on the notion of the ideal family".
She said the 'No' camp cannot win the argument on the "core issue" so have sought "to muddy the waters by dragging in extraneous and irrelevant issues into this debate.
"Thousands of people in our country have been raised by single-parent families because of the death of a spouse, because of divorce or many other reasons.
"Many others, myself included, have been raised by adoptive parents," she said.
"It is insulting to all the Irish people who are part of such family arrangements that somehow they are second class because they do not fit easily into some supposedly perfect family fit...It is offensive...to suggest that children should be exclusively reared in one form of household only."