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Old 04-04-2006, 11:34 AM   #16
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Sexual orientation cannot, and must not, be the basis of a second-class citizenship. Our laws have changed, and will continue to change, to reflect this principle.
I like this thought.

We have a long way to go here. People in Honduras are even condemning people for going to watch "Brokeback Mountain".
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:45 PM   #17
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While it should be borne in mind that Ahern has only expressed an intention rather than a definitive commitment, I think this is nevertheless to be welcomed.

Incidentally Fianna Fail, the party Bertie Ahern leads, were historically a socially conservative party and for a party leader of Fianna Fail even to attend an event such as this 20 or 30 years ago would have been unthinkable.
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It's odd to think that when the boys in U2 were growing up, homosexuality was illegal in Ireland. And, now this.....progress. Despite what so many conservatives think, humanity is progressing.
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Not so odd, considering divorce and most contraceptives were illegal there at the time too. From what I understand, it's still not too easy to get a divorce there.
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Not so odd, considering divorce and most contraceptives were illegal there at the time too. From what I understand, it's still not too easy to get a divorce there.
I'm just saying "yay" for progress.
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:44 PM   #21
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Yep. Divorce and homsexual acts were only legalised in the mid-90s (although in practise, prosecution for the latter were very rare in recent decades). Contraceptives were difficult to obtain legally until (roughly) the early 90s. Heavens, you can only get Playboy magazine here in the last 10 years or so.
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I would've guessed this would've happened in the U.S. before Ireland. Interesting. (even though this is just intentions, as financeguy mentioned.)
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