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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Conor Cusack challenges Dubs star Ger Brennan on opposition to same-sex marriage

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and sports star Fine Gael Councillor Kenneth
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and sports star Fine Gael Councillor Kenneth "Kenny" Egan calling for a Yes Vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Row L-R: Kenneth Egan, Ailish Egan Brian kennedy, Annalise Murphy, Denis Bastick, Sophie Spence, Shane Byrne, Ken Doherty, Frankie Sheahan Front Row L-R: Tony Ward, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD , Dessie Farrell, Eamonn Coghlan, Conor Cusack, Simon Coveney TD calling for a Yes Vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin

OPENLY gay GAA star Conor Cusack has responded to Dublin footballer Ger Brennan's decision to go public on his support for a 'No' vote in the same-sex referendum.

Brennan said he's voting no arguing that a change in the law will "redefine marriage" and that this is "obviously going to affect children".

Asked about the Dublin player's view that a mother and father is the ideal family unit, Cusack said there was "nothing simple about family life."

"I'd absolutely love to live in an ideal world, but that's not the reality of life. Life is complex, life is messy, and the strength of any society is how it embraces that complexity," said the Cork hurler.

READ MORE: Dublin football star Ger Brennan reveals he's voting No in marriage referendum

Cusack told Today FM that "for too long now, people haven't been able to be true to themselves".

"Ger talks a lot about differences, but this [referendum] is about this country celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of its people," he said.

Cusack joined Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a host of Irish sports stars who gathered at Aviva Statidum to show their support for the 'Yes' campaign.

Others present included ex-boxer and Fine Gael coun cillor Kenneth Egan, Irish women's rugby stars Spohie Spence and Ailis Egan, snooker player Ken Doherty and former Ireland international rugby players Shane Byrne and Frankie Sheahan.

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