Martina Devlin: I support gay marriage – now let's have a civilised debate on the issue
Published 06/02/2014 | 02:30
Ireland is a peculiar country. It takes a drag queen to force us to discuss a serious issue about equality for citizens and whether there can be any justification for withholding rights from one sector of society.
Still, the matter has our attention now, between Madonna sending a message of support to the drag artiste in question, the national broadcaster fielding accusations of being a wuss and an argy-bargy in the Seanad – where the level of intellectual contribution remains pitiful, even when it operates for only two days a week. No, two days is not a printing error.
Gay rights in Ireland are on the mainstream agenda, thanks primarily to a Mayo man in his mid-40s called Rory O'Neill, who dresses up as a glamazon by the name of Panti. His intervention in the debate, which hadn't particularly caught fire before he sashayed into it, has been memorable.