Saturday 19 August 2017

Norton: I don't get how people can vote 'No' after such emotional stories

Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA
Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Irish BBC chat show host Graham Norton has queried how anyone hearing the emotion-charged stories of gay people can oppose marriage equality.

The star now believes that marriage equality will be sanctioned - though he will not be voting here this week.

Mr Norton (52), who has declined formal interviews about the same-sex marriage equality issue, admitted he has been taken aback by some of the stories of gay people who said they simply could not remain silent because of the historic vote.

In a Twitter post, the Cork-born star singled out the story of TV3's Ursula Halligan as a case in point.

"A heartfelt heartbreaking story - how anyone could read it and still vote 'No' is beyond me," he posted.

Ms Halligan revealed she was gay after saying she could not remain silent after the death of her brother, Aidan, and a message from her other brother, Paul. She said it had caused her "terrible mental confusion".

Mr Norton, who is not registered to vote in Ireland, previously asked 'No' voters why they were "so scared and intimidated by the idea of gay marriage".

Irish Independent

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