Where there is the Minister there is a demo
There is someone else with a laptop down the back of the hall, not sure who he is but I don’t feel so lonely…until I get to read his name badge.
So the chairperson makes her opening address, invites the minister to speak and all hell breaks loose. On the way into the conference I spotted members of the Separated Fathers Association, the Mother and Child Campaign and Youth Defence.
McDowell opens his mouth and up pop the fathers group, members of which are dotted throughout the room and they start shouting. 10 minutes of loud noise ensue, slow handclaps from the queers and others. The sign language interpreter and the Deaf attendees had to move to the back of hall for a while.
McDowell, says that constitutional change is not needed as marriage is not on the agenda for same sex couples. And the Irish Human Rights Commission report last week backs him up in this regard…would think the authors of the report would have a thing or two to say about that.
McDowell says he does understand GLEN’s views on the matter of gay marriage but he has to operate in a different context.
Anyway the crowd here is mixed, legal types from universities, members of lgbt groups from around the country, government officials, members and staff of political parties, a priest (here with an lgbt group!)