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Adams calls for ‘very best possible vote’ for marriage equality

21 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the publication today of the wording of the proposed referendum in May on Marriage Equality. Mr. Adams called for the “very best vote possible to ensure that this important constitutional amendment is passed.”

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“In April 2013 the Constitutional Convention delivered a decisive vote of 79% in favour of amending the constitution to provide for marriage equality. Sinn Féin supported this recommendation.

“Sinn Fein’s believes that all citizens are entitled to full equality before the law, regardless of their background, including sexual orientation or gender. Nothing less can be tolerated in a modern, progressive and inclusive society.

“There would hardly be anyone today who doesn’t know someone who is gay. There would be very few families that don’t have a family member who is gay. Why shouldn’t they have equality like everyone else?

“Sinn Féin will be encouraging everyone who supports equality to come out and vote for this important amendment which provides citizens who are gay or transgender with the same rights and entitlements as other citizens.”

The Sinn Féin leader warned against the introduction by people on the extremes of the argument of matters that are not related to this issue.

He went on to say:

“I would ask them not to do that but to let us deal with the important issue of marriage equality in a logical, reasonable, and compassionate way. If you are not gay this marriage equality right will not affect you. It will merely give the same rights to all citizens.

“A vote in favour of marriage equality can only make this state a better place.”

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