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Passage of Marriage Bill a truly historic day – Ó Clochartaigh

22 October, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has described the passing of the bill giving gay people equal rights to marriage as truly historic. Speaking after the Marriage Bill 2015 had passed in the Seanad, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“I want to congratulate all the gay rights activists who struggled for years, often against huge odds, for today to become a reality.

“Sinn Féin salutes their courage, bravery and tenacity.

““This is a good day for the people of Ireland and for the larger equality project.

“As a society, we have a long way to go before we achieve equality of access to life chances for all our people.

“The Marriage Equality campaign has shown that if we organise around broad based progressive social movements, then change is possible.

“While today belongs to the gay and lesbian community and to their families and supporters, there is an onus on all going forward to work together to dismantle other structures of discrimination, especially the anti-Traveller racism that is so pervasive across all areas of Irish political and social life.” 

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