ATHY Labour Cllr Thomas Redmond is to table a motion on marriage equality at the next meeting of the town council.
The motion is “ that Athy town council supports the equal access to civil marriage for all citizens of Athy regardless of race, creed or sexuality.” “I believe that this motion is very appropriate and we are hopefully going to have its inclusion in the constitutional review on the programme for government,” said Cllr Redmond.
“This will be a first for any Kildare council and I believe hat it’s about time that there was a change in the old attitude of what constitutes a family and who can get married.
“I myself was lucky to find that special person in my wife on 6 December 2007 and I know that
civil partnership is not the same as marriage and the union it creates.
“I may be in the lucky position of having a family,and not having to adopt but I know friends and family members whom are gay in very positive long lasting and loving relationships and would be excellent as parents,” he said.
He pointed out that there are over … differences between civil partnership and marriage.
He said he was not putting forward the motion because it was “cool or hip”.
“As councillors we must understand that marriage matters to same-sex couples in similar ways that it matters to everyone else, they want to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and to protect their families.
“All couples regardless of their sexuality should be able to make that commitment to one another, if they so choose. It’s a matter of civil liberty and only right we now stand up for this matter.”