Same-Sex Marriage ‘No’ Campaign Had “A Highly Detrimental Impact”

New study of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum uncovers the negative impact the ‘No’ campaign had on Irish LGBT people


New research carried out by The University of Queensland and University of Victoria examined experiences of Irish LGBT people and their close friends and family surrounding the ‘No’ campaign in the run up to and following the 2015 referendum on same-sex marriage.

The study revealed that only 23 per cent of respondents would choose to go through the campaign again.

“Only 23 per cent indicated they would be happy to have the referendum again,” said Dr Dane from The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology.


Young LGBT Impacted

“Nearly three quarters of them said the ‘No’ campaign had a highly detrimental impact on young LGBTI people and the children of LGBTI parents.”

Dr Dane said that many young LGBT people were offended upon hearing the debate on same-sex marriage in Ireland in the lead up to the referendum in May of last year.

“They told of having to sit at the dinner table listening to their parents and grandparents sitting around talking about how disgusting it was,” Dr Dane said on Saturday.”

“A majority of LGBTI people reported strong feelings of anxiety and anger when exposed to the ‘No’ campaign.


About The Survey

The anonymous online survey was completed by over 1600 people in Ireland, which is leading the researchers to call the findings statistically significant.

The survey was completed by gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their families who were living in Ireland during the run up to the same-sex marriage referendum on 22 May 2015.

Speaking of the results of the survey, Dr Dane declared that they were statistically significant.

“They’re accurate, we wouldn’t have published them if we didn’t think so,” she said.

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