Saturday 24 June 2017

Joan Burton: No campaign's posters showing 'ideal family' is 'insulting'

Labour Party Leader Joan Burton & Alex White, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Labour Party Leader Joan Burton & Alex White, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
From Left: Alex White, Publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey, Labour Party Leader Joan Burton, Laura Harmon President of the Union of Students & Jack Wall TD, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

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.

Labour Party Leader Joan Burton & Alex White, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Labour Party Leader Joan Burton & Alex White, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.

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.”

Alex White, Publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey & Labour Party Leader Joan Burton, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Alex White, Publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey & Labour Party Leader Joan Burton, at the launch of the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign at Smock Alley Theatre today. 26/4/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.

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