Sunday 11 December 2016

I don't agree with opponents of same sex marriage but they have a right to be heard

Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer hugs former Justice Minister Alan Shatter after a same-sex marriage motion was passed at last year’s Fine Gael Ard Fheis
Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer hugs former Justice Minister Alan Shatter after a same-sex marriage motion was passed at last year’s Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it, as Cole Porter reminds us. They fall in love. And when people are fortunate enough to love someone - and have it reciprocated - sometimes they choose to honour that commitment in public by getting married.

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But wait. The choice of whether or not to be married isn't open to everybody. In Ireland, love is graded. Love between a woman and a man: acceptable. Pass Go and collect your marriage licence. Love between two men, or two women: tolerated. But do not pass Go, don't even think about applying for a marriage licence. Make do with a civil partnership.

That's a form of love judged to be second class, because state recognition of it is second class. So much for treating people with equality under the law.

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