A former member of Bundoran Town Council has welcomed the constitutional convention’s vote at the weekend in favour of equal recognition of marriage for same-sex couples.
Tiarnan Brady, a director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) told the Donegal Democrat: “It was a wonderfully historic weekend for lesbian and gay couples and for the children of families headed by gays and lesbians.
“The scale of the majority vote, at 79% in favour, was massive and this sends out a profoundly positive message for lesbian and gay people.
“It’s an Irish success story, not just one for gays and lesbians, as it marks one step forward on the road to a more equitable society.”
Bishop Leo O’Reilly made a presentation to the convention on behalf of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
He told delegates: “You have been asked to consider if, for the first generation in human history, the roles of mother and father are to be consigned to history and considered completely irrelevant in the bringing-up of children”.
Following the vote on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Catholic Communications Office said: “While the result of the constitutional convention is disappointing, only the people of Ireland can amend the constitution. The Catholic church will continue to promote and seek protection for the uniqueness of marriage between a woman and a man, the nature of which best serves children and our society.”
Read more in Thursday’s Donegal Democrat.