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Irish Senator Worried Marriage Equality Will Ruin Mother's Day

This is probably one of those thoughts you shouldn't tweet.

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Irish senator Fidelma Healy Eames has expressed concern on Twitter that marriage equality may cause the cessation of Mother's and Father's Day celebrations.

Happy Mothers' day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father's Day banned #pcgonemad

People on Twitter were immediately doubtful, asking Healy Eames to name the relevant states.

@senhealyeames what states exactly? how could a state ban a day like Mother's Day? Was it a public holiday?

@senhealyeames Yes, which states? We're all waiting to hear your facts.


A few hours later, Healy Eames replied to her many detractors with a slight twist on her original claim.

Lying not my thing. No slur intended either. #justsaying Mother's Day banned in a NY & Nova Scotia school. Happy Mothers Day!

According to an ABC News report, the Rodeph Sholom Day School in New York banned Mother's Day and Father's Day in 2001.

A 2013 report from CTV News Atlantic says Astral Drive Elementary School in Nova Scotia opted to celebrate International Families Day instead, in order to include "non-traditional families".

Marriage equality is currently a hot topic in Ireland, with a referendum to be held on the issue in May.

Following the controversial tweet, Healy Eames told the Irish Independent she was not anti-gay but would have great difficulty voting yes for equal marriage in the referendum.