I said these words at the Amnesty “Lets make history ” Campaign for Marriage Equality Launch outside the historic GPO, Dublin, March 22nd 2015
There are so many reasons to vote yes on May 22nd that I could speak for 2 hours not 2 minutes but thats ok because 2 minutes is actually plenty of time because when it comes down to it, its really quite simple.
I am voting YES because I believe in equality.
We need no other reason.
We have a moral and ethical obligation to ensure equal treatment and equal rights for all of our citizens, for all human beings, for all members of our human family without exception. To introduce exceptions is to discriminate
May 22nd is about equality. It is about civil rights, human rights and most importantly its about human beings.
I’m straight. I’m already married. Why should I care? Well that is exactly why I should care and the very reason that I should vote YES on May 22nd because as an Irish citizen I should not have rights that are not also afforded to every other Irish citizen. Those of us who are in the majority must come out and VOTE YES on May 22nd to ensure equal rights for fellow Irish citizens who, in this instance, are in the minority.
By voting no to equality you will be endorsing inequality, you will be endorsing discrimination.
A NO vote will send a message to our government, to the world, to our children and to our children’s children that Irish people think that it is ok to discriminate that we think that it is ok to treat one Irish citizen differently to another Irish citizen, to treat one human being differently to another human being, to treat one family member differently to another family member.
I have two sons,
I love them both equally,
Both are Irish citizens
One can marry and the other cannot.
On May 22nd we have a unique opportunity to address that inequality, to make history, to show the world that Ireland doesn’t discriminate. On May 22nd Ireland has an opportunity to lead the world on this human rights issue.
Now I have said enough, I’d like to introduce you to my son
I’d like you to:
Listen to him for 2 minutes today,
I’d like you to tell your friends and family about him
I’d like you to think of him on May 22nd
And most importantly I’d like you to remember that he is human too.