Thursday 22 June 2017

Nora Owen - why I'm voting 'Yes'

Nora Owen
Nora Owen
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

This Friday the Irish people are being asked to vote on an amendment to the Irish Constitution. The wording is a model of clarity. Those of us who cut our political teeth in the 1980s can only admire the skill with which the Government has managed to secure a rare degree of cross-party support for a measure which, if accepted, will grant full constitutional equality to gay and lesbian citizens.

I have always found the concept of a two-tier system of justice abhorrent and was a strong supporter of civil partnership as a step on a longer journey.

The speed of the transformation in social attitudes has been phenomenal. In recent months I have been genuinely moved by the cross-community support for civil marriage equality.

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