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Sinn Féin backs Zappone and Gilligan High Court case

3 October, 2006

Sinn Féin's Justice and Equality spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has expressed his support for the legal case being taken by Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Anne Louise Gilligan in the High Court today. Deputy Ó Snodaigh condemned Minister McDowell for ruling out a constitutional amendment to give recognition to same-sex marriages.

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "I wish Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Anne Louise Gilligan every success in the case they are taking to the High Court. It is deeply regrettable that they have been forced to take this case to vindicate their right to equal treatment by this state, but it is inspiring to see the courage displayed by these women and their supporters.

"Discrimination against couples who wish to get married on the grounds of sexual orientation is utterly unacceptable, a legacy of centuries of moral oppression. Sinn Féin highlighted this in our submission to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution and we were extremely disappointed when Minister McDowell ruled out a constitutional amendment to ensure recognition to same-sex marriage.

"This is symptomatic of this Government's approach to a rights based society. Minorities in this country, whether they are people with special needs, immigrants, ethnic minorities or homosexuals are forced to take on the state to protect their rights, rather than to have it act as a guarantor of those same rights."


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