Ties that bind
• The debate on extending marriage beyond heterosexual citizens is certainly not helped by gross confusion in terms, reasoning and categories used.
Whether it was morally or politically defensible that I, as an Irish citizen, had no (legal) right to vote when I reached 18, is not the same as the factual question of whether I had any legal right to do so at that age.
I was never denied that (legal) right -- it was only created after I reached 18. And that creation by our legislators reflected an evolving sense in 1970s Irish society of the potential and capacity of youth, just as the creation of the right to vote for women in 1918, reflected the long, onward march of women.