Greens reaffirm gay marriage pledge

Sargent welcomes survey showing Irish attitudes are changing

Green Party Justice Spokesperson Trevor Sargent TD has welcomed an Irish Times survey today showing two thirds (67%) of people believe gay couples should be allowed marry. The survey also found that 60% did not believe the new civil partnership legislation introduced undermined the institution of marriage.

Deputy Sargent said: This survey shows that Irish people do support gay marriage and that attitudes have changed over the past number of years. Now that civil partnership legislation has been introduced, which delivers rights and protection across a range of areas; we must look to the next step forward in Irish equality that of gay marriage – and the Green Party remains committed to achieving this.

The survey also shows that we have become a more open and tolerant society and this too lends itself to the acceptance of significant legal and political change.

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