On May 22 four years ago, our country went to the polls for Marriage Equality. Despite many knowing that, overall, Ireland is filled with good people, there was still a sleepless night waiting for the results to come in.
And on May 23, they did.
62.7% of the population voted in favour of equal marriage, making us the first country to legalise it through a popular vote.
Four years yesterday. I’d just voted Yes in #MarRef These two lovely people were with me. After years of campaigning & the referendum campaign itself, it was over to the people & boy, did they come through! LoveWins #WeMadeHistory #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/qoW7Yk37aT
— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) May 23, 2019
Every LGBT+ person in the nation remembers where they were on that momentous day four years ago.
One of those in the thick of it was Colm O’Gorman, the Executive Director of Amnesty International.
Four years on #MarriageEquality result remains powerful as beacon of hope, solidarity and love ….. https://t.co/NQMraTWP2b … @hotpress @LGBTIYouthStrat @merrionstreet @LGBT_ie @BeLonG_To @TheUSI @unioncuprugby @TheGalas @DublinPride
— Katherine Zappone (@KZapponeTD) May 22, 2019
At this year’s World Pride event in New York, taking place on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Minister Katherine Zappone will accept an award from the Heritage Of Pride organisation.
This special presentation is to highlight the support Ireland gave its LGBT+ community through, amongst other things, the successful marriage referendum, in the hope it will inspire other countries to follow suit.
— Miriam Ahern (@MiriamAhern) May 23, 2019
Happy Yessiversary! Four years since those marriage equality votes were counted. What a day that was. Big up my LGBTQ+ fam ?????
— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) May 23, 2019
In a recent speech to the Oireachtas Children Committee, Minister Zappone described how Ireland is now considered “a leading voice, a recognised global leader, for LGBTI+ rights” and that “with this honour comes responsibilities. We are protectors of rights.”
The statement also includes, however, that if the goal is for Ireland to become “a fully inclusive, equal and fair society – we are not there yet.”
— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) May 22, 2019
Four years since Ireland became the first ever country to secure marriage Equality by popular vote. I knocked on more doors than I can count and was put off canvassing for a long time ? but what a four years it has been. The North is next ? #thenorthisnext pic.twitter.com/5avS1WGHRd
— Jamie Cakes (@jenties87) May 22, 2019
We may not be there yet, but we are fighting to get there.
This week, Call It Out – new civil society campaign – was launched with the aims to shine a light on the sometimes visible, often hidden, phenomena of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and the corresponding impact on Ireland’s LGBT+ community.
Four years ago today we said #YES to equality & same sex marriage in Ireland!! ??❤️? Come discuss this Sunday at BeLonG to Sundays. The group meets at 3pm in Dublin, more info here https://t.co/aSyuhzbfoB #YESEquality pic.twitter.com/jDxo3iXKBo
— BeLonG To Youth Services (@BeLonG_To) May 22, 2019
But while we may have achieved marriage equality down south, our family in the north are still fighting for their basic human rights.
Please sign Amnesty International’s petition demanding the UK Government give the LGBT+ community Marriage Equality so that they too can one day look back on their own momentous occasion.
Four years ago today, the Republic of Ireland voted YES to #MarriageEquality
Four years on, the people of Northern Ireland are *still* waiting.
— Amnesty Int'l NI (@AmnestyNI) May 22, 2019
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