Family is the bedrock of society and I want to be a part of it
Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30
Twenty-five years ago, when I was working for a Dublin newspaper, we decided to do a telephone poll about national support for gay marriage. The questions we drafted were the normal ones you would expect. The last one, however, was unusual, and the response to it told us more about changing Ireland and growing tolerance and support for other people's rights here than all the other questions.
The last question was: "If a member of your family was getting married to their gay partner and they were having a party to celebrate, would you go to the party?"
The vast majority said that they would attend the party. There was not much difference between the response from older people and younger people, or rural people or people from the cities.