Controversial Kerry politician who called for relaxed drink driving laws to oppose gay marriage

Independent Councillor Danny Healy Rae

The controversial Independent politician in Kerry, who made headlines around the world over his relaxed drink driving proposals, intends to oppose a motion supporting gay marriage.

The Irish Examiner reports that Danny Healy-Rae is against equal marriage rights for gay couples as he has “serious concerns’’ about same-sex couples adopting children.

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“I’m not against gay people, or anything like that. That’s their business, but I would be very worried in regard to adoption. If adoption was out of it, it would be a different story altogether,” he said

In the Kerry constituency, a motion has been tabled on the issue by Labour politician Gillian Wharton-Slattery who said she is expecting support from other councilors.

“I will respect their decision, whatever it is. There will be no argument, but I would very much appreciate their support,” Slattery said.

Cork City Council became the first local authority in the country to vote for gay marriage last July, a number of local authorities have since passed similar motions.

In 2012 same-sex civil partnerships accounted for 2 per cent of all unions in the State. The Civil Partnership Bill was passed by the Irish parliament in 2010 and came into force on January 1st, 2011.

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