Sunday 18 March 2018

Isil-style 'Yes' video sparks war of words in referendum clash

Greg Harkin

Veteran commentator John Waters said pro-gay marriage campaigners "have compared themselves" to Islamic State terrorists by posing with stolen 'No' posters and dressed in Isil-style masks.

Mr Waters (pictured) was speaking after the launch of First Families First, a new campaign group which has described proposed changes to the Constitution as "an act of vandalism".

The group wants a further amendment to the Constitution to protect against "the hidden consequences of the same-sex marriage amendment".

During a press conference in Dublin yesterday Mr Waters referred to a YouTube video which showed 'Yes' campaigners dressed as terrorists. The anarchist group behind the removal of the posters said it would not allow public spaces to be used to air what it claimed was "homophobic" messages.

"We have embarked on a campaign to tear down every 'No' poster in the city (Dublin)," boasted the anarchist group in the video.

They said they had started a competition between different groups to remove as many as possible.

Mr Waters was vilified on social media last night over his comments.

But he told the Irish Independent: "It's not me who is comparing 'Yes' campaigners to Isis (another name for Isil); it is them themselves in this video which they have posted on the internet.

"People should watch the video of these people dressed as terrorists."

First Families First claims that incorporating a provision for same-sex marriage into Article 41 of the Constitution will 'radically alter' the meaning of family and parenthood.

"It will undermine the existing rights of families and in particular the biological connections between parents and children," said Mr Waters.

If the same-sex marriage amendment is passed, the group says, serious wrongs are likely to arise in future family court proceedings which "will inevitably set at naught the significance of a biological connection between parent and child".

Meanwhile, the IDA has defended its chief executive after he appeared to back a 'Yes' vote in the referendum.

Martin Shanahan's views were also tweeted and carried on the official IDA website.

"Martin expressed a view on the potential positive impact internationally of a 'Yes' vote in the upcoming referendum and the potential negative message that a No vote would send out," said the IDA.

Irish Independent

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