Marriage equality in Ireland

This video says about itself:

Marriage Equality: Bring Your Family With You

15 April 2015

Irish LGBT youth and parents coalition call for a Yes vote in the forthcoming marriage equality referendum. The BeLonG To lead coalition call on everyone to talk to their family and friends about why marriage equality is so important and to work for a Yes vote

The coalition includes: Barnardos, Headstrong, Youth Work Ireland, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, EPIC – Empowering Young People in Care, Children’s Rights Alliance, Childline – ISPCC, Foróige, Loving Our Out Kids, Yes Equality

By Timothy McGrath:

This video will make you wish you could vote for gay marriage in Ireland

April 16, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

In the mood for a feel-good cry? We’ve got your back.

Ireland’s voting next month on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, and BeLonG To Youth, an Irish LGBT group, has just released a campaign ad that seems likely sway people on the fence and get marriage equality supporters to the polls — if they can stop sobbing and holding their loved ones.

Things are looking good for the “Yes” camp. A recent poll by the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI found that 74 percent were planning to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, while just 26 percent said they were voting “no.”

The referendum, which takes place on May 22, is likely to be a much tighter contest, the Times warns. Conservatives will ramp up their campaigning in the final weeks, and current poll numbers could be skewed if some opponents of gay marriage have been reluctant to share their true opinion with an unknown pollster.

There’s also the question of demographics. Support for marriage equality in Ireland — like in many Western countries — is strongest among young people and weakest among elders. The same Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI found that 85 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 supported legalization, and only 10 percent said they were against it. The gap narrows as the people surveyed get older and flips once respondents are 65 or older. They plan to vote “no” by a margin of 43 percent to 37 percent, with 14 percent undecided and 5 percent saying they won’t vote at all.

That explains why the theme of BeLonG To Youth’s ad is simple. Young people: Bring your older family members to the polls.

If it works, and the referendum passes in Ireland, it will be the first time in history that a country has legalized same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

That’s a huge deal.

An Irish Pastor has defended making the comparison between homosexuality and rape, as well as adultery. Pastor Craig Ledbetter of the Bible Baptist Church in Ballincollig, in Cork, made the comments to the Irish Examiner in an interview regarding the build-up to the marriage equality referendum taking place on May 22: here.

While liberal Roman Catholic priests and nuns are defying their bishops to urge a yes vote on Friday, religious leaders in the evangelical Christian community are now placing their congregations on the frontline of the battle to persuade Ireland to say no: here.

19 thoughts on “Marriage equality in Ireland

  1. We’re at a critical point for marriage equality – we’ve made historic progress, but countless loving, committed, same-sex couples still do not have the right to legally marry. We won’t rest until we achieve full marriage equality because #LoveCantWait!

    As the Supreme Court takes up the issue of marriage equality once and for all, we must voice our overwhelming support for Jim Obergefell and the rest of the brave plaintiffs who’ve sacrificed so much to get us to this point. Right now, we have an opportunity to show the world that America is ready for this.

    Please click here to sign HRC’s #LoveCantWait petition below — and show that you believe that marriage equality should be legal in ALL 50 states.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    Petition Text:

    Millions of Americans are currently waiting in limbo for the right to be married in their home states. Despite the fact that the majority of Americans believe in marriage equality, it is still unavailable and unrecognized in many states.

    I believe that every couple in America has the right to marry, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. And I stand with HRC in fighting for marriage equality now – and for as long as it takes.

    I strongly believe that all Americans are created equal and should therefore be entitled to marry whom they love. Couples and families should not be left to suffer from the heartbreak that results from same-sex marriage bans.

    These marriage bans affect real lives, real families. How much longer must Americans suffer – prevented from the equal right to marry whom they love?


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