Seanad debates

Friday, 27 March 2015

An Bille um an gCeathrú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Comhionannas Pósta) 2015: Céim an Choiste - Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015: Committee Stage


10:30 am

Photo of Sean BarrettSean Barrett (Independent) | Oireachtas source

Those issues are too trivial. We are asked, in a Seanad founded by Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, to incorporate diversity. I am sure people were scandalised when W. B. Yeats gave the speech on divorce here, but society was open enough even then to listen to what Yeats had to say. I encourage and warmly welcome what we have heard in favour of this legislation. Those who feel threatened by it should really ask themselves what they are threatened by. I do not see any threats; I see an enrichment. I commend the Bill and commend the Minister on its introduction. I wish I had been here on earlier Stages to express that support. This is an important development in Irish society which should be warmly welcomed.


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