Sunday 25 September 2016

Hozier issues impassioned plea to Irish citizens to vote Yes for equality

Published 20/04/2015 | 17:00

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Hozier

Irish Grammy-nominated singer Hozier has issued an impassioned plea to Irish citizens to vote Yes for equality in next month’s referendum.

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The Bray artist has filmed a new Straight Up For Equality video to explain why marriage equality has his full support.

In the video, Hozier said: “It’s imperative that the straight community shows support for the LGBT community on this issue, and makes a clear statement that we value the equal treatment of people on our shores.”

“To anyone in my generation, like me, who feels that their values have long gone unrepresented by the word of law, and want to be proud to live in a nation that does not discriminate or implicitly condemn, I strongly encourage you to vote,” the Take Me To Church singer said.

“It’s time for our generation to stand up and take into our own hands the future of our nation and its values,” he added.

Hozier joins dozens of Irish role models who have signed up as supporters of Straight Up For Equality, including Colin Farrell, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, Bressie, Amy Huberman, Kodaline, The Script, several inter-county GAA players, Second Captains, The Frames, Maeve Higgins, Donal Skehan, Rubberbandits, Roz Purcell, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and many more.

 

 

 

Full text of Hozier’s video

“My name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, and I am Straight Up For Equality.

The movement for marriage equality has my full support, and there is not a doubt in my mind.

I firmly believe that the upcoming referendum is not simply a gay rights issue, or a civil rights issue, but one of basic human rights. And I think it’s one that reflects on all of us, and it’s an issue that deserves everyone’s involvement.

It’s imperative that the straight community shows support for the LGBT community on this issue and makes a clear statement that we value the equal treatment of people on our shores. I also feel it’s time for our generation to stand up and take into our own hands the future of our nation and its values.

So, to anyone who feels that the love between two people is not to be belittled or othered or developed or undermined, I would encourage you to vote.

To anyone who is tired of the sophistry, fear-mongering, or the outright deception of those who under the guise of ‘traditional family values’ promote an irrational aversion to same-sex marriage or relationships, I encourage you to vote.

And to anyone in my generation, like me, who feels that their values have long gone unrepresented by the word of law, and want to be proud to live in a nation that does not discriminate or implicitly condemn, I strongly encourage you to vote.

Thank you.”

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