- Jan 22, 2011
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Gay rights campaigners have hailed a “major milestone” on the journey to full equality as the Government considers a recommendation to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. Conservative and Catholic groups said the Constitutional Convention’s recommendation was expected but the result of any referendum on the issue would be far less certain.
Some 79% of members of the 100 strong think-tank voted to recommend that the Constitution be amended; while 19% voted against. The issue will now be debated in the Oireachtas and the Government has four months to say how it will act on the recommendation.
Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty Ireland told the convention it is time for gay parents to be treated as equals.
However, Breda McDonald of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference said it is “impossible” to talk of equality between heterosexual marriage and same-sex marriage because only the union of a man and woman can give rise to a child.“I am a man who is married to a man and I have children. I love my children and my children love me and what I look for more than anything else from this republic, from my republic, is that we be treated with respect and with regard, and celebrated on an equal footing with every other parent and family,”
So what will Vinny’s panel think of all this? A good discussion is on the cards for tonight’s show …
Also on tonight's show: the Boston bombs and the abortion legislation.
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