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Charlie Bird backs 'I’m Voting Yes. Ask Me Why' campaign

David Kearns

Published 09/04/2015 | 15:03

Retired RTE Journalist Charlie Bird Credit: Tom Burke
Retired RTE Journalist Charlie Bird Credit: Tom Burke
Charlie Bird, with fellow supporters Ann Rigney and actress Biddy White Lennon Credit: Tom Burke
At the I'M Voting Yes.Ask Me Why campaign which launched by the Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality at the National Library of Ireland,Kildare street Dublin yesterday , Charlie Bird who hosted the launch pours the tea for fellow supporters from left.. Jonathan Irwin, Laura Harmon,President of the Union of Students in Ireland, actress Biddy White Lennon and Ann Rigney ( from Knockcrockery,Co.Roscommon) who wrote a poem ' Image it is your Child' which is about what it is like being the mother of the gay son, Pic Tom Burke 9/4/2015

Retired RTE star Charlie Bird has thrown his support behind the latest campaign pushing for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.

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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.

Senator Katherine Zappone and wife Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan at the launch of the 'I'm Voting Yes. Ask Me Why' campaign Credit: Tom Burke
Senator Katherine Zappone and wife Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan at the launch of the 'I'm Voting Yes. Ask Me Why' campaign Credit: Tom Burke

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.

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