Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister talks progression at GLEN event

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Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore spoke at an event speaking on the country’s progression and eluding to support toward marriage equality.

Hosted by Ireland’s Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and Google, speaking on Ireland’s economic status and equality, he said, “Economic progress has to be embedded in a free, open, progressive society,” reported Pink News.

He continued, “We cannot afford to put our society into suspended animation. We must still turn our face towards progress…we must continue to build a modern Ireland based on prosperity and openness, solidarity and freedom.”

GLEN expressed that the progression of society is crucial in order to establish positive change for the LGBT community. “Public, political and now corporate support are evolving and recognizing that it is good for individuals, for families, for a country, and now for business, to ensure that lesbian and gay people are treated equally,” said GLEN’s chair, Kieran Rose, according to Pink News.

On Friday, Gilmore made another statement in regards to progression in Ireland. “We have to construct new ways to build our vision of society where social solidarity and prosperity go hand in hand.” He also conveyed that in the light of progression, “there is still work to do.”

Although Gilmore did not directly come out in support of marriage equality in this particular address, in the past he has shared his support and reiterated the urgency of the issue.

Back in November, Gilmore told RTE Radio, “I don’t believe we should postpone what is a human right.”

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