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McDowell confusing warped opinions with reality - Ó Snodaigh

24 May, 2006


Sinn Féin Justice, Equality and Human Rights spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has accused the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell of "confusing his own warped opinions with reality". In a reply to a question from Deputy Ó Snodaigh,the Minister claimed that it was his opinion that same sex couples "would not choose to commit to the array of rights and duties consequent on marriage if this option was available to them". The Minister had been asked to explain the evidence he has relied on to reach the view that the majority of the State's lesbian and gay community do not want marriage, only to reiterate the same opinion. However, no justification for that opinion was forthcoming.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "To suggest that same sex couples would not want the right to marriage due to an array of rights and duties that would be imposed on them is a ludicrous argument for the Minister to make but not one that surprises me. To make this assertion without even consulting with the gay and lesbian community shows the arrogance of the man. Once again he is confusing his own warped opinions with reality".

"The Minister then contradicts his own argument by stating in his reply that many opposite sex couples also 'would not choose to commit to the array of rights and duties consequent on marriage'. If this is really his opinion, then how can he explain why so many opposite sex couples choose to marry? How can that be used as justification to deny that option to same sex couples?" ENDS

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