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Breda O'Brien thinks gay people should abstain from sex - "like all unmarried couples"

People aren’t pleased.

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Updated 7pm

THE IONA INSTITUTE’S Breda O’Brien says that she was forced into “a closet” over the Pantigate affair.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent’s Niamh Horan, O’Brien said that gay people should abstain from sex “like all unmarried couples”.

In the interview, O’Brien says that gay people should abstain from sex, as should all unmarried couples.

Asked if she believes gay sex is natural, she says that “depends on what you define as natural”.

Despite saying that she doesn’t believe her personal beliefs necessarily align with what she believes the state should legislate for, she says that there are “all types of realities”, comparing the marriage equality campaign with other issues facing the country.

“There is all sorts of horrible realities. People in depression who can’t pay their mortgages, kids self-harming, they are all realities but we don’t say we will legislate for them. We say we will try and help and try and improve. So I think the Government has to be more ambitious than just to legislate for reality.”

The interview has garnered strong reaction on Twitter, with O’Brien now trending in Ireland.

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