Thursday 19 October 2017

Women's rights deserve our focus, too

• I would like to respond to Eric Conway's letter (Irish Independent, July 16), headline 'The gay marriage fad'. Though I fear my point of view may not hold sufficient value for him -- I am not an adolescent and therefore worry that the 'fad' of gay marriage has taken permanent root and become something more akin to 'brainwashing' -- I should like to point out that the radical notion that homosexuals are people and should be entitled to wed whomsoever they choose is hardly an irrational notion.

Much like the radical notion that women are people, to legislate for same-sex marriage is a necessary part of a progressive and inclusive society that recognises the rights of all citizens.

Further, neither the Irish Independent nor any other Irish publication took the time to cover a large-scale protest outside the Dail on July 11. Organised in response to the advertising authority's refusal to investigate the misleading and offensive Youth Defence billboard campaign, the protest saw a turnout of almost 400 people and was attended by Senator Ivana Bacik and Richard Boyd Barrett TD.

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