One of the most well known candidates running in the Irish Presidential election in October 2011 is Senator David Norris. Human rights advocate, Gay campaigner and major figure in Ireland’s gay history are just some of the attributes that make Senator Norris one of the leading candidates in the Presidential race.
Senator David Norris began his political career as an Irish Civil Rights campaigner and Independent politician. He is a former lecturer at Dublin’s world renowned Trinity College, and has been a member of Seanad Eireann since 1987. His election as a Senator made history as being the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in Ireland even though homosexuality was still illegal.
He was instrumental in decriminalizing homosexuality in Ireland and he co-founded the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform. Homosexuality was finally decriminalized in 1993 in Ireland. Senator Norris has continued his campaigning for gay causes, most notably the fight to legalize same sex marriage through his collaboration with the MarriagEquality group.
Find out more about Senator David Norris' Presidential bid here.