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Marriage equality should be a right for all in Ireland – Adams

23 October, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams TD has expressed his delight that the Marriage Equality Bill has passed through the Seanad and with it, another barrier to a basic human right in Ireland has fallen. He said that this historic day demonstrated that ‘such change is possible in society when people come together and work toward something greater’.

The Sinn Féin President said that his party would continue to support the struggle to secure marriage equality in the north. Sinn Féin have tabled another equality motion, due before the Assembly in the coming weeks.

Deputy Adams said:

“Yesterday was the culmination of a long, hard road for campaigners for gay rights in Ireland. I, on behalf of Sinn Féin, would like to commend the bravery and resolve of the activists who took part in the struggle for legalisation and of those who carried it on to this historic time where no one in this country will be denied the right to marry the one they love.

“However, we cannot lose sight that across the world, gay people still face oppression simply for being who they are. Even in the north of this island, marriage equality remains elusive. I commend my colleagues in the Assembly for their efforts and hope that, with their latest motion which is due in the coming weeks, we can secure this basic civil right for all people across this island.

“I want to thank every campaigner, every organiser, and every voter who all played their part in making marriage equality a reality. The love and enthusiasm I encountered during the referendum campaign was truly special. Together, we made grá the law. Together, we demonstrated that change in our society is in our hands. Together, there is nothing we cannot achieve.” 

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