Oscar nominee, Saoirse Ronan, said that she would be “very disappointed” if the marriage referendum didn’t pass.
Speaking at an event organised by Yes Equality for their GetMeToTheVoteOnTime.com initiative, the 21 year-old actress said that it’s up to young people to get out and vote for our LGBT friends and family.
“I read that we’ve got one of the lowest turnouts when it comes to referendums for young people, which is kind of heartbreaking,” she commented.
“We’re young people, this is our country. If we want to stay here and raise our kids here it’s down to us to make these changes I think, so I would encourage every young person to come out and vote whether it’s a Yes or a No,” she added.
Ronan, known for her roles in Hanna, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lovely Bones and Atonement, will fly back to Ireland to vote for the first time this Friday. The actress, who is voting Yes, hopes that others will also vote for a more equal Ireland.
“Of course there are people that haven’t been able to broaden their mind and think in a more equal way about things, there’s always going to be those people. But I know that I would be very disappointed if we didn’t get a Yes vote next week.
“It’s like when black and white people couldn’t marry, Protestants and Catholics couldn’t marry for a long time, and you think of it as being so ridiculous now… these are all things that we consider to be so backwards and dated, and it will be viewed as that if we get a No vote,” she said.
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