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Let us cherish all the citizens of the nation equally and vote YES to marriage equality – Reilly

25 March, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly today delivered a powerful speech in the Seanad urging her fellow Senators and the citizens of Ireland to support the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.

 Senator Reilly said:

“Three weeks ago, I had the privilege to share the stage at our party Ard Fheis in Derry with a spokeswoman for LGBT equality, Sinead Murray. Sinead shared the story with us of how last year her brother asked the father of the women he loved for permission for her hand in marriage. She then asked us, the people of Ireland, for permission for her to marry the woman she loves.”

“Today, I reiterated that request by calling for a YES vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum and to give permission to our fellow citizens across Ireland to marry the person they love.”

“The starting point for Sinn Féin on all issues of human and civil rights and equality is the Proclamation of 1916. It may be almost 100 years old but it is the mission statement for every generation of Irish citizens.”

“Approaching the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Sinn Féin not only aims to commemorate the revolution but to achieve one of its most noble aspirations, that of cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”

“We believe in a real republic; a republic where all citizens are equal, regardless of the colour of their skin, religious belief, sexual orientation, where they live or what they do. To only offer same-sex couples civil partnership is to only offer them a second-class right. This is absolutely and entirely unacceptable in the Ireland of 2015.”

“Sinn Féin has always campaigned on issues that can bring about positive change for all the people living on this island, and for that precise reason we will be actively campaigning for a YES vote in the upcoming referendum. This May the Irish people have an exciting opportunity to say that we value all of our relationships equally, that we value all of our citizens equally.” 

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