If You Ever Wanna Become Ireland’s First Openly Gay President, Don’t Defend A Statutory Rapist

For a while, the great gay hope David Norris looked on his way to becoming the world’s first openly gay head of state as Ireland’s first openly gay president. But even though he was the front runner and seeming winner, he just withdrew from the race after news surfaced of a letter he wrote in 1998 asking Israeli authorities to provide clemency for an ex-lover convicted of statutory rape with a 15-year-old Palestinian boy. Awww, crap.

Of the letter and his dropping from the race, today Norris said:

“The fallout from his disgraceful behaviour has now spread to me and is in danger of contaminating others close to me both in political and personal life.

“It is essential that I act decisively now to halt this negative process. I do not regret supporting and seeking clemency for a friend, but I do regret giving the impression that I did not have sufficient compassion for the victim of Ezra’s crime.

“I accept that more than a decade and a half later when I have now reviewed the issue, and am not emotionally involved, when I am not afraid that Ezra might take his own life, I see that I was wrong. He served his time and never offended again.

“Yes, his actions were terrible, but my motivation to write the letter was out of love and concern. I was eager to support someone who has been very important and continues to be important in my life.

“It is very sad that in trying to help a person I loved dearly, I made a human error.”

Earlier this year Norris’ presidential run hit another snag when a journalist uncovered a 2002 interview where he said, “in terms of classic pedophilia, as practiced by the Greeks, for example, where it is an elder man introducing a younger man to adult life, there can be something said for it.”

So make a mental note of that. If you ever want to become the world’s first openly gay head of state, avoid making cases for sex with kids.