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Ireland's 'Harvey Milk' David Norris:
'The Sky Didn't Fall on Chicken Lickin' When Gays Married in California


The first openly gay politician to be elected in Ireland, Senator David Norris, was in San Francisco yesterday for a speaking engagement. Norris, who is seen as Ireland's Harvey Milk according to SF Chronicle, had some kind words about Mayor Gavin Newsom and some thoughts on marriage equality.


According to the paper, "In the 1980s, Norris filed a landmark case to decriminalize homosexuality, taking the Irish Attorney General to court. He lost in both the Irish High Court and the Supreme Court, but was not deterred. With Mary Robinston (sic) -- later Ireland's President -- as his attorney, the case of Norris v. Ireland eventually would be heard before the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in his favor and changed Irish law forever. Norris says he expects that fight for marriage equality will go on -- and says that supporters shouldn't be deterred by some, even in the gay community, who suggest it's 'not time' to challenge the issue of same sex marriage before the Supreme Court. Rubbish, he laughs. 'I want the whole lot now, with the cream and cherry on top,'' he says. 'And an apology.''"

Love him!

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  1. I love the "and an apology" part. He's right too. We do deserve an apology.

    Andy: Ireland's president was Mary Robinson (not Robinston).

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 22, 2009 12:05:51 PM

  2. I think the character in question is Chicken Little, not Lickin', though I do love the sobriquet.

    Posted by: LD | Jul 22, 2009 12:56:57 PM

  3. I don't think anyone in Ireland has ever really compared David Norris to Harvey Milk but I guess it makes sense. He's really a fantastic guy! Oh, and yeah, President Mary -Robinson- helped overturn the anti-gay laws in the early 1990s.

    Posted by: DaveDesslok | Jul 22, 2009 2:33:49 PM

  4. Fan-bloody-tastic!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jul 22, 2009 10:08:41 PM

  5. Many years ago, more than I care to remember, I met Davis Norris on several occasions. He was, and is, an utterly charming, highly intelligent, and VERY funny guy. He is, I think, a professor of Anglo-Irish literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and is certainly a highly respected authority on James Joyce (rather him than me!). He is also a brave and good man that I am very proud to have met.
    Some years ago he said something like "I'm tired of being the only gay man in Ireland" in a reference to the fact that he was the only gay man here that the media ever interviewed when a gay issue was raised. Well he is not the only one now.

    Posted by: arthur | Jul 23, 2009 5:03:27 AM

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