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BBC's Graham Norton ‘Furious’ Over Irish Broadcaster’s Payout to Anti-gay Catholic Group

Openly gay BBC presenter Graham Norton is reportedly “furious” about Irish broadcaster RTE’s decision to pay a $116,000 settlement to anti-gay Catholic lobbying group, calling the decision “absolutely moronic.” The settlement came after Catholic lobby group Iona Institute and two prominent Irish journalists threatened legal action after being described as homophobic and “horrible and mean about gays” during a program on the flagship Irish public broadcaster channel last month. BBC reports:

Graham nortonIn his Hot Press cover interview Norton said he was disappointed that the journalists had decided to take legal action instead of examining why they might be accused of homophobia.

Although he said he has no desire to get married himself, Norton added: "I want to ask these people, 'Why are you so scared and intimidated by the idea of gay marriage?'" [...]

He added: "This tiny minority can yell all they want, but it's over. It's all done. The Iona Institute, and people like that, are like rats trapped in the corner of a barn. They know the jig is up. That's why they're screaming so loud."

However, he added that he was glad gay marriage opponents existed as "they drag everyone towards the centre".

"You hear their opinions and suddenly you're a little bit more tolerant - because you don't want to be them!"

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  1. He's right, but he's still a vastly overrated, selfish tool of the highest caliber.

    Posted by: Leo | Feb 23, 2014 7:14:18 PM

  2. Of course they are homophobic. That's just what they do.

    Posted by: Joel | Feb 23, 2014 7:18:34 PM

  3. But so sad that so many want to be "them" Thanks fork staying true Graham. Love your show!

    Posted by: Blake | Feb 23, 2014 7:25:10 PM

  4. Fine......but this is old news.

    This matter has been brilliantly answered by Miss Panti herself from the Abbey Stage
    She was the person who originally called the Iona Institute and persons 'homophobic'.
    This is the link :

    It is a brilliant speech on behalf of gays and exposes the Iona Institute for what it is.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 23, 2014 7:50:15 PM

  5. I'm glad he's commenting. His whole schtick is teasing those in power and they should be mocked.

    Good for Graham. Always love his show.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Feb 24, 2014 10:36:35 AM

  6. Leo: Whats wrong? Did Graham piss in your corn flakes or something? What could he have done to you personally for you to be so vicious towards him?

    Posted by: Liam | Feb 24, 2014 11:44:21 AM

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