A month from today, May 23rd 2015, we will know the result. Yes or No. I’m hoping for a Yes.
As a lover of weddings, I spend everyday searching the internet for stories, pictures and ideas to share on my blog and come across so many of same sex couples weddings…mostly in the United States. It’s doesn’t mean that I don’t share them because civil marriage hasn’t become a right for the LGBT community in Ireland. Can a same sex couple not hope and dream of the perfect wedding day too? But that’s the thing, they shouldn’t have to hope and dream for it to become a right, it should already be a right. If a man wants to marry a woman in Ireland, he can obtain a marriage license and marry her in three months. If a man wants to marry a man, he can have a civil partnership but it is still not a civil marriage.
We all have relatives and friends who are part of the LGBT community and why should it be that they can’t have the family wedding like everyone else, a marriage in the eyes of the law and the option to have the family they want and be protected. What if in 5, 10, 20 years time, your child, grandchild, niece/nephew, cousin or friend told you that they were gay? Would you suddenly not want them to have the same rights as you? No. Because they are still a person and should be entitled to the same as every other person in the state. If they want to go to college, they are entitled to a 3rd level education. If they are ill, they are entitled to attend a doctor and receive medical care. So if they want a marriage and a family, why are they not entitled to that?!
The issue of adoption will be dealt with in the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 not the referendum. However one of the main topics that is dominating the voting battle is what will it mean for children with the No opposition promoting the slogan ‘Every child needs a mother and a father’. No they don’t.
How many single parent families are there that have resulted in a lone parent raising children due to illnesses and accidents that led to the death of their partner? Does this mean that these parents are not good parents because they are not in the stereotypical family with a mother, father and 2.4 kids? No. No matter whether it is a mother or father surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, the child will never not be loved, guided or supported. So why is it different for 2 males or 2 females to raise a child. There are still two loving parents.
Families are more diverse than ever now with step brother/sisters, adopted siblings, mixed races and nationalities. Every family is different. Safety and security for your family’s future should be a right for all people no matter what.
According to Wikipedia.org, “Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.”
Love is love…regardless of sexual orientation.
And marriage should be a right…regardless of sexual orientation.
Will you be voting YES to equality with me on 22nd May 2015?
Love from my world,
For more information visit https://www.yesequality.ie