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David Norris says gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other

David Norris
David Norris

Outspoken Senator, David Norris, has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry because it wouldn’t have any impact on the gene pool.

Mr Norris made the comments during a debate on same sex marriage legislation where he also claimed that he would be pilloried by the media for expressing this view.

“It would not take a feather out of me if two cousins married each other,” Mr Norris said.

Mr Norris said when he started his campaign decriminalise homosexuality he was faced with a “world of hatred, contempt and silence”.

“Gay people were regarded as sources of sin, crime and disease,” he added.

However, Mr Norris said there has been a huge transformation in the attitudes towards homosexuality over the years.

“I have heard so many moving stories of young people all over Ireland who have been given the courage for the first time to face the reality of their sexuality, come out, declare themselves and live their lives,” Mr Norris said.