Thursday 8 December 2016

How can one vote for an equality where none is possible?

Published 11/04/2015 | 02:30

Irish voters will decide on same-sex marriage on May 22
Irish voters will decide on same-sex marriage on May 22

I've finally plucked up the courage: Yes, I've decided at last to come out, not only to my own family but to all the people of Ireland. What some close relatives and friends probably dared not discuss with me, I can in fairness to them no longer hide.

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Why then, after remaining silent on the subject for the greater part of a century, do I now feel the need to reveal my secret? The answer in short is that every other person seems to be doing it, especially media personalities, so why not me?

Well, here goes: I am a straight male and have always been so. And, as far back as I can remember, I have always been attracted to women. Lest any of my gay and lesbian friends take umbrage, let me make it clear that no slight is intended when I use the term 'straight', because no other word exists to describe people of my orientation.

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