Ireland’s progress on gay rights offers hope

A bill that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval last week in Russia’s lower house of parliament.

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The bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” still needs to be passed by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, but that is very likely now.

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While Ireland moves into the other direction

Of course, it’s only 20 years since we decriminalised homosexuality in this country. Just over a decade earlier, in 1982, Declan Flynn, a 31-year-old Aer Rianta worker, was beaten to death in Fairview Park, Dublin. Tonie Walsh, a gay rights campaigner, remembers: “The kids — aged 14-18, said they were up there to ‘clear the park of steamers and benders and queers’. And they were doing it with the full support of society.”

Justice Sean Gannon’s decision to let all five teenagers off with suspended sentences for manslaughter, gave validity to that belief.

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