Friday 18 August 2017

Gay marriage is an issue of law, not one for religion

I WAS so disheartened after reading the letter ‘Sick of Gay Mafia’s Militant Tactics’ (Irish Independent, February 25).

I am a young gay man in Ireland who has no religious affiliations. The author wishes to espouse the “values on which Irish society was founded”. These “values” would include the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act and the 1885 Criminal Law (Amendment) Act which criminalised homosexuality.

They were only amended in 1993 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Norris vs Ireland. Without this case, I have little doubt that the author would not be in a position to claim: “I can honestly say that I have never felt overtly discriminated against for my sexual orientation in all my years growing up in Ireland.”

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