Fianna Fáil has welcomed Senator Ronan Mullen’s statement that he now supports the Civil Partnership legislation introduced by former Fianna Fáil Justice Minister Dermot Ahern in 2010. Senator Mullen made the remarks in debate on Spirit Radio today with the Chair of Wexford County Council, Malcolm Byrne.
Senator Mullen stated that he accepts Civil Partnership is now necessary to protect the rights of gay and lesbian couples. During the debate in the Seanad in 2010, he opposed the legislation almost line by line.
Councillor Byrne, who challenged him on the issue, welcomed the move,
“I am glad Senator Mullen changed his mind and now realises the importance of providing legal protection for all loving couples. I would hope he realises in time that, as with civil partnerships, the world did not collapse and it won’t when marriage equality is extended to same sex couples.”