On May 22nd 2015 the country will vote in the marriage equality referendum. Ireland has the choice between voting yes or no to include a new clause about marriage in the Constitution. This clause proposes that two people may marry each other regardless of their sex. When I heard about the referendum I was truly ecstatic knowing that gay and lesbian people will have the same rights as me, a fellow human being. We are all human and deserve to be treated equally, regardless of our sex. I was so happy to know that same sex couples will finally have the right to say ‘I do’, they will have the right to marry the person they love, regardless of their gender. However, throughout the past few weeks I have been both shocked and upset by the views of the ‘Vote No’ campaigners. Yes, you did read that right. There are people on this little island that do not believe or support the fact that two people of the same sex are entitled to get married. It is so sickening knowing that there are people out there that do not want to vote yes and that are so painfully narrow minded. I feel so ashamed to live in a country where there are people that think same sex marriage is wrong. However, the warming and strong yes voters have given me hope for the Emerald Isle.
Love is love. Denying someone the right to marry the person they love is inhumane. If this referendum is passed two people of the same sex will be able to marry each other. Giving same sex couples the right to marry will not change the status of marriage, it will not effect anyone else’s marriage, but what it will do is bring so much love and equality to this country. It will have such a beautifully, positive impact on so many lives. Every person deserves to be treated equally, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Irish, African, gay, straight, short or tall. We are all people. We all deserve to be treated equally. We should all be entitled to marry the person we love. If the 78 year old woman on my road wants to marry a 72 year old woman she fell in love with at the bingo, that’s fine. If my 14 year old sister dreams about marrying Niall from One Direction, that’s fine. If the two lads from your local butchers want to get married, that’s fine. Marriage is about being with the person you love.
If you hop onto google and look up the definition of marriage it clearly states that marriage is a socially or ritually recognised union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them and their children, and them and their in-laws. It clearly says between two spouses, not between man and woman. Marriage is about two people that love each other and that want to commit to each other. It doesn’t matter what gender they are, it is about love. Gay and lesbian people are no different to straight people. We are all humans. We all have hearts, we all have feelings, we are all breathing the same air. We are all equals. Our sexual orientation should not change how we are treated by society, it should not have an affect on our rights. Gay and lesbian people are not some strange fairy-tale creatures. They are people. They deserve equal rights. They deserve the right to marry who they love. This referendum has the power to change and strengthen our society, it has the power to make history and most importantly it has the power to give these people the rights they should already have.
On May 22nd 2015 I will be voting yes. If you are registered to vote please head down to your local polling station on Friday May 22nd and vote yes.
Be On The Right Side Of History & Vote Yes For Equality