Say hello to Abhainn Coleman-Shanahan, she arrived in to this world earlier today at 00:15. Isn’t she beautiful? That radiant woman holding her is Carla, who also happens to be the woman I’ve chosen to spend the rest of my life with.
Right now I’m a super content guy and I have a lot to be happy for! What reason would I have to care about in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22nd? Well Abhainn is one reason. There are others – I call them Jack and Finn, our two sons. I want not just our kids but all the children of Ireland to know that they are part of a country that values them and will treat them as equals no matter who they are.
As it stands there is an imbalance in Ireland, where loving, committed couples who want to commit to each other for life are not afforded the right to be married because of their sexuality.
On May 22nd this year we have a chance to right that imbalance.
‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex’
That single sentence will be be added to our constitution and it will recognise that all citizens, regardless of their sexuality, are equal and that they have a right to be married in accordance with the law. I know there are many who will be surprised that it’s that simple. If you’re following the national media then I’m sure you’re aware of some very extreme views against this referendum being passed. There is little point in be rebutting every single inaccuracy from the no side, I’d much rather try convince people to look at how simple this actually is.
It was less than a hundred years ago in Ireland when women weren’t allowed to vote, until they won the right to universal suffrage in 1918. The idea of not allowing someone to vote because because of their gender seams ludicrous to all of us nowadays. Ireland showed back then that it had potential to be a progressive, inclusive society where doing the right thing really mattered. We have a chance to replicate that historic period in Irish history and make Ireland a better place, a place where we can all be proud to call home.
If you believe that Ireland should be a progressive society all you have to do is get out and vote Yes on 22nd May 2015. This referendum will not be won on merits of social media. The number of likes, shares, RTs and favorites a post gets is great in helping spread the message but the only surefire way to make a difference is to get out and vote Yes. I’d ask you to help mobilise your friends and family to do the same. Impress upon them the importance of having their voice heard in Marriage Equality.
Adrian is a small part of the team behind the Yes Kilkenny Campaign. If you would like to get involved in any way at all we would love to hear from you. There are lots of different ways you can help. You can also share why you support equality here.
Yes Kilkenny are hosting a public meeting on the 12th March at 7.30 in the Town Hall Kilkenny. Come along and see how you can get involved. More details here.
This article was originally posted on yeskilkenny.ie