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People should come out in their droves to vote for marriage equality – O’Brien

11 March, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in favour of the Marriage Equality Bill, Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central Jonathan O’Brien called on people to support the referendum and campaign in its favour.

 Deputy O’Brien said:

 “It is shocking to think that in Ireland in 2015 there is still a law that says that two people who love each other cannot get married. It is hideous and sectarian and should have been changed years ago.”

 “During the Dáil debate on the Civil Registration Bill 2003, Sean Crowe, Sinn Fein TD for Dublin South-West, tabled an amendment that would have provided for equal recognition of same sex marriage. The Labour Party, as well as their cohorts in Fine Gael, unfortunately, abstained from the vote on this, so I am glad we are all on the same page for once.”

 “We must do our utmost to tackle the nonsense that will be put forward as arguments against this referendum or against equal marriage for all our citizens.”

 “These arguments are couched in feigned concern for children, as it is convenient for organisations like the Catholic Church and their lay organisations like the Iona Institute, who do not believe that gay people are deserving of equality.”

 “I cannot fathom the people who think it is correct to speak from a religious position in these matters – those who say that persons who are married and no longer in love should stay together at all costs and not divorce, regardless of what trauma or what domestic violence is inflicted on the other person.”

 “I would urge all people who can vote to come out in their droves to support the referendum and do everything they can to make sure it passes”. 

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