Joan Burton: No campaign's posters showing 'ideal family' is 'insulting'
Published 26/04/2015 | 16:44
TANAISTE Joan Burton said the No campaigns posters showing an “ideal family” is “insulting” to people raised by single or adoptive parents.
Speaking at the launch of the Labour Party’s Marriage Equality 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 instead 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 other many other reasons. Many others, myself included, have been raised by adoptive parents,” she said.
The Tánaiste added: “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.
"Ours is a complex diverse society that contains many family types and many forms of parenting. It is offensive and preposterous to suggest that children should be exclusively reared in one form of household only.”