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Gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other, says Irish politician

Published 22/10/2015

Senator David Norris said his outburst towards Regina Doherty came while he was 'incandescent with rage'
Senator David Norris said his outburst towards Regina Doherty came while he was 'incandescent with rage'

A politician has said gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other, following the Republic of Ireland's marriage equality referendum.

Senator David Norris said he would have no problem with gay cousins marrying as it would have no impact on the genetic pool.

Speaking in the Seanad (upper house of the Irish parliament) during a debate on same sex marriage legislation, the senator said he believed he would be pilloried by the media for expressing this view.

“It would not take a feather out of me if two cousins married each other,” Mr Norris said.

Mr Norris said when he started his campaign decriminalise homosexuality he was faced with a “world of hatred, contempt and silence”.

“Gay people were regarded as sources of sin, crime and disease,” he added.

However, Mr Norris said there has been a huge transformation in the attitudes towards homosexuality over the years.

“I have heard so many moving stories of young people all over Ireland who have been given the courage for the first time to face the reality of their sexuality, come out, declare themselves and live their lives,” Mr Norris said.

Philip Ryan , Independent.ie

Senator David Norris (right) with Andrew Hyland of YES Equality at the counting of votes in Irish referendum on same-sex marriage. Pic Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Senator David Norris (right) with Andrew Hyland of YES Equality at the counting of votes in Irish referendum on same-sex marriage. Pic Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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