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Parenting is so often full of grey lines of the least worst option

Parenting is so often full of grey lines of the least worst option

Parenting is so often full of grey lines of the least worst option

The text read "everything has changed" with two smiley faces. It came from my mother on the morning following the marriage equality referendum. The two smiley faces were from her and my dad or maybe they were to me and my husband. It felt like everything had changed that day.

In many ways the resounding Yes in favour of same-sex marriage was something of an atonement for our treatment of vulnerable minorities in Irish society in the past and a commitment to treat our most vulnerable better in the future. My mother, raised in Ireland of the 1940 and 50s, witnessed and lived the harshness of an intolerant, moralistic, religiously motivated, highly socially controlled country. Her text on that historic morning reflected the longing and hope that things would never be the same again. That we would do better by our most vulnerable citizens.


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