Charlie Bird backs 'I’m Voting Yes. Ask Me Why' campaign
Retired RTE star Charlie Bird has thrown his support behind the latest campaign pushing for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.
The former Washington correspondent was on hand to host the launch of the ‘I’m Voting Yes. Ask Me Why’ initiative from Yes Equality, a nationwide group that is helping to coordinate a ‘Yes’ vote in May’s referendum.
Mr Bird, a long time supporter for same-sex marriage rights, was joined the steps of the National Library of Ireland in Dublin by special guests Biddy White Lennon, Jonathan Irwin and Laura Harmon.
Also in attendance was Irish mummy Anne Rigney, the Roscommon native that shot to fame last week with her impassioned video appeal for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum, saying she wanted her son and his partner to have the same rights to marry as her daughter.
The “I’m Voting Yes. Ask Me Why” campaign will tour Ireland throughout April and will ask people to share their reasons for voting Yes in May.
The initiative will also act as an open invitation for people who have questions about the referendum to query the ‘Yes Equality’ campaigners
Grainne Healy, Yes Equality spokesperson said: “[This] referendum gives Irish people the chance to secure true equality for lesbian and gay people, who are our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. The campaign acknowledges Irish people as generous and decent – people who want to live in an inclusive equal society.’
Healy continued: “We cannot win this referendum on our own; we are asking Irish people to get involved, show their commitment to equality and freedom, and join the campaign to win the referendum. Our greatest challenge is complacency. We need every person who wants the referendum to pass, to vote on the day.”
More information on Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality is available from www.yesequality.ie.