Father Bernard Lynch and Billy Desmond | Liam Burke/Press 22 | 17021
A gay priest from Co Clare who was involved in the ‘boat to vote’ campaign in the marriage equality referendum in the Irish Republic in 2015 got married to his long time partner yesterday.
Father Lynch became the first Catholic priest in the world to have a civil partnership in 2006, and the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum allowed the two men to be married.
At the ceremony, a proclamation was read out paying tribute to Fr Lynch “for being a tireless advocate for the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for more than 40 years as an out gay and proud Roman Catholic priest”. 67-year-old Fr Lynch helped people living with HIV and AIDS in New York in the 1980s and has been “a human rights champion” for his extraordinary service and “his courage in the face of tremendous adversity”. Fr Lynch helped lead the first ‘boat to vote’ campaign for the 2015 marriage equality referendum in his role as an advocate for the LGBT community in London.
Gay Activist sends congratulations.