Liberté. Egalité. Fraternité.

Liberté. Egalité. Fraternité.

Attitudes to LGBT persons in Ireland have changed massively over the past few decades. I remember even when I was growing up in school, “Gay” was one of the most common and hurtful insults in a ten year-olds arsenal. Children were afraid to be anything but the norm, and at the time homosexuality wasn’t one of them.

I’m not going to dwell on the Catholic Church as they’ve gotten enough stick over the past few years, but for those who are familiar with the churches teachings know they are very anti-homosexuality, along with other morally challenging topics. The entwinement of the church and early Irish politics meant that many teachings found their way into legislations which still stand to this day. In order to change the legislations and move forward as a country and a people, we must vote in referenda to change/update these laws.

On the 22nd of May 2015, we will be called to vote on the marriage equality referendum. This will allow a change to Irish law which allows members of LGBT access to marriage in Ireland.

If you have yet to make up your mind, here’s all you need to know.

Vote Yesvia YesEquality.ie201411031133092

  • As it stands in the constitution, gay and lesbian couples cannot marry, and therefore do not have equal access to union that straight couples do.
  • Allowing lesbian and gay people get married just like everyone else will take from no one and will have no effect on anyone else’s marriage.
  • Irish People are fair-minded, welcoming and confident. This referendum is about making our laws reflect those values.
  • Mothers and fathers want all of their children to grow up in a country where they can have the same aspirations in life. The parents of gay and lesbian children want the same. Nobody wants second best for their child.
  • Civil partnership was a significant advance and couples across every county in Ireland have entered civil partnerships. However, civil partnership falls short of full constitutional equality. Only civil marriage equality can achieve this.

I personally am in support of the Yes campaign, but I suppose in the interest of fairness:

Vote No

  • You don’t like to see people happy.
  • You are afraid of change.
  • You don’t like weddings.
  • You don’t like the idea of an orphaned or abandoned child being given a second chance with two dedicated parents.
  • You received a large sum of money or other incentive from a major religious organisation/ Divine being.
  • You are too narrow-minded and stubborn to allow society to move forward.

Voila! The equality referendum summed up in a fair, and EQUAL manner!…

Joking and low-blows aside, this vote is a big step for Ireland. It is very important that anyone that can vote, does vote. This is your chance to have a say in how our country is run and may even open up windows for future referenda you want your say in.

When it comes down to it, if two people love each other and are dedicated to spending their lives together, who are we to say otherwise? 

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