New Rose hailed as thousands march for marriage equality
THE Rose of Tralee was hailed as inspirational by many who were marching for marriage equality in Dublin.
Thousands of people turned out yesterday for what the organisers are hoping may be the last annual march on the issue.
Rachel Mathews-Mackay from the SIPTU LGBTQ network said that newly-crowned Rose Maria Walsh's decision to speak about her sexuality sends out the message that gay people do extraordinary things and have interesting lives just like everyone else.
"I think every time a celebrity or a well-known person comes out so openly and honestly it helps society in general," she said.
The Government is due to hold a referendum on marriage equality in the first half of 2015.
Max Krzyzanowski of LGBT Noise said he is very encouraged by current polling results on the issue and called on the public to turn up and vote on referendum day.
"The only way that this referendum will be lost by the equality side is if people are complacent and they stay home," he said.
He rejected argmuents against same sex marriage, and said that if the state is going to recognise relationships it should be "blind and agnostic" as to the sex of couples who wish to marry.
"They can maintain the sanctity of marriage within their religion. That has nothing to do with what we are arguing for here," he said.