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Thousands March For Marriage Equality? In Ireland

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin, Ireland to march for civil marriage equality.

Irish Times has the report:

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin today to march in favour of civil marriage equality.

The march began outside City Hall at 3pm and finished outside the Department of Justice on St Stephen?s Green.

Several prominent supporters of gay rights spoke at the demonstration including singer Brian Kennedy and Grainne Healy, a board member of the lobby group Marriage Equality, which has been campaigning since February 2008 for equality for same sex couples.

The speakers dismissed the Civil Partnership Act, which came into law earlier this year, as only serving to cement inequality in Irish society and called on the Government to legalise civil marriage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) couples.

Belfast Telegraph adds:

Singer Brian Kennedy joined members of the LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender – community, their family, friends and others for the demonstration.

The protesters gathered at City Hall before marching to the Department of Justice on St Stephen’s Green, where a mass rally was staged.

Kennedy told the crowd: “I am here today because this is a human rights issue. There are 150 anomalies between civil partnership and civil marriage; this is the first rung on the ladder, but there are many rungs still to climb until we reach equality.”

Campaign group LGBT Noise believes the denial of marriage equality in Ireland is a human rights issue.

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