M’fhear Chéile

It’s not that I felt excluded from marriage, I just never actually thought about it deeply. I accepted what I felt to be the ‘way it was’, and that marriage was just not an option for me. I accepted it in the way one accepts all the stuff you are told growing up, the stuff…

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It has been a long road. I never knew we were on it, or even that we were remotely interested in the journey we have taken together over the past twenty-two years. It’s only in the past month that I’ve come to understand the significance of that journey, and the distance we have travelled together.

Stand Up and Say Yes

This Friday, May 22nd you will be asked to decide whether the following new wording should be added to the Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex’. In this referendum, you can make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people across…

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It is interesting looking at the Irish nation through the lens of the upcoming marriage equality referendum. It is a snapshot of the big ‘Us’. Exactly where we are at in terms of our vision and aspirations for ourselves, for our country and our place in the world.

I’ve been wearing a wedding ring for three happy years. We’ll be celebrating our fourth anniversary in September. More recently I’ve been celebrating my support of marriage for all couples by wearing a Yes Equality badge, sometimes in English, sometimes in Irish. Last Wednesday on College Green a lady of sorts asked me if I…

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It has been far too often that we in One Family have had to reassure and comfort upset parents in response to the latest negative portrayals of children in one-parent families in the media. Reassuringly the gaps between these onslaughts have become longer and each time I think that perhaps they have ended and that…

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On 22 May Irish citizens are being asked to vote on the issue of marriage equality. On paper, this referendum has nothing to do with children. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald assures us that the legal rights of children in LGBT families are being dealt with separately. In actuality however, marriage equality will impact the…

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