Wednesday 18 October 2017

There's a danger in leaving it to others to decide, so make sure you go out and vote

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry
Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Everyone is coming out these days! From former and serving government ministers, to political reporters and celebrities, the forthcoming referendum on same-sex marriage has promoted a slew of high-profile closet exits. The theory is, that by publically sharing experiences of life in Ireland as a gay man or woman, advocates for a 'Yes' vote will encourage others to lend their support and secure a change in the Constitution.

Opinion polls indicate that there is still a sizable, albeit narrowing majority of people who will vote 'Yes'. As the recent election in the UK has proved, very often polls can be very wrong. It also seems as though we have a predilection for telling porkies to polling companies.

With so many variables still to be determined, before we bask in a big, pink glow and pat ourselves on the back for being such an uber-liberal society, there is still a job of work to be done to deliver a win.

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