Friday 2 December 2016

'It feels weird asking everybody for permission to marry - it's just odd'

Published 18/05/2015 | 02:30

Gay couple Donal Traynor (left) walks with his partner Joseph Bowlby and their adopted sons at their home in Dungarvan
Gay couple Donal Traynor (left) walks with his partner Joseph Bowlby and their adopted sons at their home in Dungarvan
Gay couple Joseph Bowlby and his partner Donal Traynor at home

A same-sex couple have said that if this weekend's referendum is passed they will feel like the country recognises them as "equals".

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In a touching video posted online, Donal Traynor and his partner Joseph Bowlby spoke about what the referendum would mean to their family.

The couple are parents to two adopted sons and live in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

Joseph and Donal first met each other in Dublin in 1994, 21 years ago.

This was the year after homosexuality was finally decriminalised in Ireland.

And both of the men said they could never have imagined that one day Ireland would hold a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage.

Joseph is hopeful of a 'Yes' vote and said "it feels good".

"It is important because since the people are voting for it, we'll know that the majority of the people recognise us as equals and that is very important for us and for our kids," he said, speaking from the family home.

"I am 53 years old, it feels weird asking everybody for permission to marry," his partner Donal added.

"It's just odd to have to do that.

"It's also - for the first time, hopefully in the world - a nation will say 'You guys are OK, you know, you are part of us'."

Donal also rubbished some of the arguments that the 'No' campaigners have raised in recent weeks, including the claim that same-sex male couples will "remove babies from their mothers".

Irish Independent

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