Collins to hold public meetings ’round the country.
Sligo News File Online.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice and Equality Niall Collins has said his party ‘will actively participate and campaign’ for the passage of the Coalition referendum on same sex marriage.
The announcement comes three months after Pope Francis told an interreligious conference on traditional marriage that preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology,” since “children have the right to grow up in a family with a father and mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.”
In a statement, Collins has said he will be holding a number of public meetings around the country to facilitate debate and discussion on ‘the question people are being asked to vote on.
‘The Government has created a difficult backdrop in which the referendum is being held but there is an extremely important message of progress and equality that those on the yes side support and encourage.’
Collins has also called for the referendum to be held in May ‘to limit the impact on turnout from students and to avoid clashing with exams as much as possible…’