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Adams calls for ‘respectful and compassionate’ debate on marriage equality

5 May, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called for a respectful and compassionate debate on the marriage equality referendum. 

Teachta Adams was speaking at a Sinn Féin-organised public meeting in Maynooth, County Kildare this evening as part of its campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote.

 Teachta Adams said:

  “I would ask those opposed to this referendum not to introduce into the debate, matters that are not related to this issue at hand. Let's deal with this issue in a logical, reasonable, respectful, and compassionate way.

 “If you are not gay, the right to marriage equality will not affect you. It will merely give the same rights to all citizens. Nothing in this referendum affects existing adoption legislation or the rights and entitlements of children.

“A vote in favour of marriage equality can only make this state a better place. Sinn Féin has always campaigned on issues that can bring about positive change for all the people living on this island, and that why we are campaigning for a 'Yes' vote in this referendum.

 “This is an exciting opportunity to say that we value all of our relationships equally, that we value all of our citizens equally. I believe that fairness & equality can triumph over intolerance on May 22nd, but we cannot be complacent.

 “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 workmates.

 “Nor should those who support these referendums be lulled by the opinion polls into believing that these referendums will easily succeed. This is not a time for complacency. Every vote will count.” 

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