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Dublin City Council Asks Artist to Remove Massive Marriage Equality Mural


A massive mural for marriage equality which appeared on the side of a building in downtown Dublin last week may have to be removed after the artist received a letter from the Dublin City Council, The Journal reports:

Councillor Mannix Flynn told that the letter concerns the removal of the black-and-white paper mural over a planning issue, and is not due to the content of the mural.

Stuff like that would fall in breach of planning. It’s a listed building. As far as I know, a lot of complaints came in. They would be forwarded to planning and planning would issue a general warning letter saying it was in breach and requesting removal by a certain date. If that is not removed, a letter of enforcement would be sent out. It’s about due process.

 The mural was elected ahead of the May 22 marriage referendum and Flynn added that the request was not political:

I’m very much a supporter for the Yes camp, and have been campaigning for a Yes vote. but nonetheless, when you see a building like this and a massive piece this size, the law is the law. If there is a laissez-faire attitude, within a short space of time you’ll see people leasing out and renting out the sides of buildings.

'Take Me to Church' Singer Hozier Speaks Out for Marriage Equality in New Video: WATCH


Irish singer-songwriter Hozier speaks up for marriage equality, urging people to go to the polls on May 22 and approve marriage equality in Ireland, in a new video for the 'Straight Up for Equality' campaign.


As you may recall, Hozier's first video for "Take Me To Church" was a chilling commentary on anti-gay oppression in Russia. He steps up once again.


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Irish Kids Say Yes for Marriage Equality in Adorable New Ad: WATCH


The "Yes" campaign in Ireland is really on a roll with these heartwarming ads.


[h/t/ jmg]

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Irish Pastor Says Gay Relationships Are Never 'Consensual,' Compares Homosexuality to Rape: VIDEO

Craig Ledbetter
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With just over four weeks to go until Ireland’s marriage equality referendum, the "no" campaigners are taking a leaf from American anti-gay activists like Scott Lively in their attempts to sway voters.

Following a failed attempt last week by a small number of religious leaders to add a “conscience clause” to the referendum, Pastor Craig Ledbetter of the Bible Baptist Church in Cork has compared homosexuality with rape and adultery.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Ledbetter argued that a same-sex sexual relationship can never be consensual:

“Homosexuality is wrong, just like rape and just like adultery.

“We are dealing with one party believing he is right in what he is doing, so it is not really consensual. Two people can consent to adultery or consent to rob a bank, but that doesn’t make either of those things right.

“If they want a sexual relationship they can get the blessing of the State but that should not amount to re- defining marriage which is exclusively the preserve of a man and a woman.”

Recognizing that his bizarre opinions could convince many people to vote in favor of the referendum, he also complained that there has been no serious discussion on same-sex marriage in the Irish media apart from “a few fake TV debates.”

Ledbetter has since claimed that he was misquoted.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d104076b970c-200wiLast week, Christian activists including Iona Institute mouthpiece Breda O’Brien (right) attacked former Irish President Mary McAleese for comments in support of same-sex marriage. Yesterday, O’Brien said that gay people and unmarried heterosexuals should abstain from sex in order to live a Christian life. A petition to revoke the Iona Institute’s charitable status is less than 2,000 signatures short of the required 15,000.

A March Irish Times poll found that 74 percent of the electorate intend to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

Watch the Iona Institute's The Case For Man/Woman Marriage video and a parody detailing "the right kind of discrimination," AFTER THE JUMP...


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Irish Government Says No to Religious Groups' Call For 'Conscience Clause' In Marriage Referendum: VIDEO

Dr Ali Selim

A collection of Irish religious groups has sent a petition to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald seeking a “conscience clause” that would allow for a right to discriminate if next month’s marriage equality referendum passes, reports the Independent.

The petition has been signed by 246 people. Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny has already ruled out any potential "conscious clause" being inserted in the referendum. 

Citing recent controversies where businesses have been brought to court for refusing to provide services to gay people, the group has asked Fitzgerald to “ensure the referendum guarantee equality for all”.

Dr. Ali Selim, from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, said:

“If we are having this referendum on the firm belief of equality then also we should allow people with consciences objections as well. What we are asking for is that we are not forced to endorse a practice that is in conflict with our fate. It is the freedom of choice not to have views imposed on our religious beliefs.”

Ireland marriage pollPetitioners state that they disagree strongly with the proposed constitutional changes and warn that if passed, it would discriminate against people opposed to same-sex marriage for religious reasons who “risk prosecution” because of their personal beliefs.

Speaking on national radio broadcaster Newstalk, Selim said:

“Who decides what discrimination is? Of course decisions should be made in light of Irish law – but if Irish law says you’ve got to endorse something against your beliefs that is discrimination. And that is exactly why we are campaigning – so that there is equality for all, not just for certain people.”

Earlier in the week, Selim said “no Muslim would vote yes” in the referendum.

Listen to Selim threaten legal action against Irish media outlets, AFTER THE JUMP...

A March Irish Times poll found that 74 percent of the electorate intend to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Christian Activists Attack Former Irish President's Support For Marriage Equality: VIDEO


Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights, has opened up a new can of worms by announcing her support for the marriage equality referendum which is due to take place next month.

Speaking on national radio broadcaster Newstalk, McAleese (above) said:

“I’m hoping very much...that it will be passed. We believe it to be a human rights issue.

“We’ve been watching with great interest the debate as it’s been evolving in Ireland and the concerns that people have in and around it. We’ve been thinking about it for a very long time, a very, very long time, and contemplating it for a long time.

“People have been saying it’s about children – it’s about Ireland’s gay children and about their future and about the kind of future we want for Ireland. We want, in the words of the proclamation: ‘The children of a nation to be cherished equally’.

“The adult children, the children yet unborn, the gay children yet unborn – we want them to be born into a world where if they fall in love with someone they can express that love fully.”

O'brienIona Institute mouthpiece, Irish Times columnist and teacher Breda O’Brien (right) appeared on Newstalk’s Breakfast on Tuesday to take umbrage with McAleese’s comments.

O’Brien - officially and legally not homophobic - said that same-sex marriage is not a human rights issue and called for McAleese to clarify her comments:

”Mary McAleese has departed from the precedence set by [former Presidents] Mary Robinson and...President Hillery by intervening directly in matters of Irish policy.

“I presume she has a very good reason for doing but I would like to call on her to clarify exactly what she meant in the implication that people who vote no are part of the architecture of homophobia."

However, after being challenged by presenter Chris O’Donoghue, O’Brien said:

“I accept that she did not say directly that people who vote no are part of the architecture of homophobia, I would like her to remove any implication that that is the case.”

On @NewstalkFM, Breda O'Brien invented quote for MMcAleese, misrepped her position,apologised,then asked MMA to clarify having not said it.

— John Boyne (@john_boyne) April 14, 2015

@Paul71 @NewstalkFM And why is Breda O'Brien asking Mary McAleese to clarify something she did not say, imply or allude to? #MarRef

— Peter (@pmbarrins) April 14, 2015

O’Brien found some Twitter support in the form of fellow non-homophobe, Iona Institute member and self-appointed moral arbiter for Ireland David Quinn.

Horrible stuff on twitter today about Breda O'Brien. #MarRef

— David Quinn (@DavQuinn) April 14, 2015

Last weekend, non-homophobe O’Brien weighed in on the Memories Pizza controversy in Indiana, claiming “there is no equality in this controversy, just little people desperately scrabbling to defend themselves against a machine that paints them as homophobic, bigoted and functionally equivalent to racists.”

In 2012, McAleese said gay people are “as entitled to live their lives on their own terms, as I do as a heterosexual.”

Read Bock the Robber's excellent exposé of the Iona Institute and then watch Senator David Norris rip the not homophobic Catholic organization to pieces, AFTER THE JUMP...

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