FG out of step with the political consensus?

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After the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, Fine Gael is now the only political party in Ireland that is opposed to the introduction of Gay Marriage in Ireland. It was interesting to read that Fianna Fail passed motions in favour of both Gay Marriage and Gay Adoption following pressure from Ógra Fianna Fail and others who have been pushing for it for a number of years.

With the Fine Gael Ard Fheis approaching, William Quill blogs that it is the perfect time for Fine Gael to correct this. With Young Fine Gael supporting the issue since their (our) Summer School in 2011 and at this year’s National Conference voted in favour of Gay Adoption.

It would be remiss of Fine Gael at this point to remain opposed to Gay Marriage. As I think a political consensus and with a majority of the public in favour of Gay Marriage, the conditions are right for Fine Gael and Labour to bring this in quite easily and should do so. The start of this will of course will be if Fine Gael pass a motion in favour at its Ard Fheis at the end of this month.

While I am not a proponent of Gay Marriage, I am not as much against it as I used to be. I still believe the state should have nothing to do with the recognition of relationships, but as long as it does it should recognise all relationships between consenting adults.

(Yes William you finally wore me down on this!)

2 thoughts on “FG out of step with the political consensus?

  1. Tadhg O'Donovan on

    What evidence is it that FG is opposed to it? It seems more of a position of being not in favour. That isn’t exactly the same thing.

  2. Well a number of key figures, including Lucinda Creighton has spoken out against it while, others have spoken for it. FG haven’t been ambivalent on this issue and the leadership have come out against it in the past. There has been no change in that stance from what I can see.

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