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'No' side employing crafty manipulations to create doubt and fear in marriage poll debate

Niamh Gallagher

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Enda Kenny and Jerry Buttimer at the launch of Fine Gael's 'Yes' campaign
Enda Kenny and Jerry Buttimer at the launch of Fine Gael's 'Yes' campaign

In conversation recently, a gay friend told me that a 'No' vote would make him feel unwelcome in his own country. It would suggest his own people did not see him as an equal citizen or respect his right to make the same decisions regarding relationships as they can.

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His sentiment captures exactly what we are voting about on May 22: do we want to change our Constitution to allow for the institution of marriage to be opened up to same-sex couples in the same way it is to heterosexual couples? Do we want to end the discrimination against gay couples that sees their relationships as somehow 'less' than ours?

It seems like a reasonably straightforward issue for debate, and yet it is not. For two reasons: fear and obfuscation.

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