Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today launched Sinn Féin’s Yes campaign for the two referendums taking place on May 22nd.
The Sinn Féin leader and local Louth Councillors and activists took to Dundalk Clanbrassil Street handing out Yes leaflets.
“In just five
weeks’ time two referendums will be held. One is to reduce the eligibility age
for a candidate for the Presidential elections. The second is on marriage
equality. Sinn Féin is calling for a Yes vote in both referendums.
We will be
running a vigorous campaign. The Party will be distributing around half a
million leaflets; at least five thousand posters and the party in every
constituency will be carrying out a thorough canvas.
In respect of
the Marriage Equality Referendum, many of us will have a member of our family
or extended family who is gay. All of us, whatever age we are or wherever we
live or work, know someone who is gay.
They want what
we want – the right to live their lives as full and contributing citizens and
to share in the love of a family of their own.
A Yes vote for
same sex-marriage is about recognising people’s right to equality; respecting
their right to express their own sense of identity; and is about affirming
their right as citizens to be free, equal and happy.
There is a
possibility that some citizens who are so angry at this government will see
this as an opportunity to hurt Fine Gael and Labour. I would appeal to them not
to do this. This referendum is not about those parties it is about the rights
and entitlements of our family members, our friends, our neighbours and
those who support these referendum be lulled by the opinion polls into
believing that these referendum will easily succeed. This is not a time for
complacency. Every vote will count."