Saturday 25 February 2017

No room for an emotional vote on same-sex marriage issue

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Do we really want to cook up a new definition for marriage when we’re so uncertain how it will turn out?
Do we really want to cook up a new definition for marriage when we’re so uncertain how it will turn out?

While being an advocate of equality for all citizens of the state - both homosexual and heterosexual - I feel the bullying tactics of the 'Yes' campaign, lead by our political classes and supported by innumerable State bodies, is utterly unfair and disproportionate.

Those of us who, based on firmly-held beliefs, favour a 'No' vote in the upcoming referendum, are being treated as outdated, immature bigots. Is this the new definition of 21st-century equality?

As a teacher of 33 years' experience whose school was jointly run by a Dáil of elected students and the teaching staff, I was always impressed by the astuteness and perceptiveness of the voting children. They voted on principle and did not need to be directed in their thinking.

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