Roisin Murphy: Passing The Referendum Will Be "A Cake Walk"


Arklow electro-singer, Roisin Murphy, believes that a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum is highly likely.


Speaking about the marriage referendum, the former Moloko singer said, “It should be a cake walk.”

She told The Irish Independent, “I’ve seen massive changes in Ireland myself. A friend of mine came out a few years ago. He was holding it all in for a very long time. Everyone in his family was so much more accepting than he ever thought, or believed, possible. It was a relief.

“There has been a massive shift in socio-politics and religious outlooks in Ireland,” continues Murphy, who left Ireland with her parents at the age of 12 to move to Manchester. “Since I left Ireland, there has been huge changes in a relatively short period of time.

“Obviously, there can be some changes that are too extreme and too fast, and there can be collateral arising from such changes, but there is so much to be gained from a society that is constantly shifting and changing and being able to adapt and evolve. Irish people are absolutely great at it.

“The Church controlled so much in Ireland for so long. I’m not going to get into whether or not religion per se is a bad thing, but my point is the political aspect in Ireland was way out of kilter and it wasn’t right.

“They [The Church] had huge political power. It’s also amazing when you think of all the books, plays and works of art that were banned outright in Ireland.”

Murphy also said that she felt like a part of the LGBT community, saying, “Once I got embraced by gay culture, I started to feel I was fitting in somewhere. I was understood by them in a way I hadn’t predicted or courted.”

Murphy will be performing at this year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co. Laois.


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