Friday 24 February 2017

The day that conservative Ireland voted to embrace the excluded

It was a pleasure to play a small part, says Jason Kennedy, who actively campaigned for a Yes vote

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Rory O’Neill as Panti Bliss as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum unfolded at Dublin Castle. Inset: Jason Kennedy
Rory O’Neill as Panti Bliss as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum unfolded at Dublin Castle. Inset: Jason Kennedy

"Hello. I'm campaigning for a Yes vote in the upcoming marriage equality referendum. Do you have a moment to have a chat?"

I must have said that a thousand times in the two months leading up to one of the most iconic and important dates in contemporary Irish history.

My dedication to canvassing people online and alongside campaign groups led many of my friends to assume I was scoping out a career in politics, even though I can't think of anything less desirable.

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