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Gay Candidate David Norris Leads Race To Be Irish President

According to the latest polls gay candidate David Norris is leading the race for the presidential bid.

AFP has the report:

A gay Irish senator is the favourite to become Ireland’s next president, while former IRA commander Martin McGuinness is in third place, an opinion poll said Saturday.

Senator David Norris had the backing of 21 percent of those surveyed in a Red C/Sunday Business Post poll ahead of the October 27 election to succeed President Mary McAleese.

Norris has only recently re-entered the race, having earlier abandoned his presidency bid when it emerged he had written to Israeli authorities pleading for clemency for his former partner, Ezra Yitzhak.

Yitzhak was convicted in 1997 for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in 1992.

Norris is still seeking the nomination of 20 parliamentarians or four local councils to ensure his name is on the ballot paper for the election.

Read the full report via AFP