Donegal county councillor Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuig has spoken out in support of Gweedore footballer Eamon McGee after a priest criticised the player for supporting same-sex marriage.
A number of people left mass in Annagry on Saturday night last following comments by local priest Fr John Britto.
But local county councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said Eamon McGee is to be commended for standing up for equality.
“In calling for a ‘Yes’ campaign in the referendum in May, he has become a target for religious conservatives on social media. Now he finds himself condemned from the pulpit. That is wrong and it is unacceptable that a young man is hounded in this way for taking a stand for others rights.
“Recently in Annagry, the community cinema had a showing of the film Jimmy’s Hall which told the story of Jimmy Gralton, an Irishman with a social conscience who fell foul of the Catholic Church and was denounced, hounded and finally, forcibly deported from his homeland.
“Fortunately those days are now gone. Our society has changed and we are emerging into a more tolerant and accepting environment, although sadly, there are evidently some who want to drag us back to those dark days.”
He added that he will actively campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum.
“I believe it is an important step towards equality and towards a more open and tolerant society which will benefit us all.”Tags: