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VIDEO: Brendan Courtney will consider permanent move abroad if referendum fails

Published 05/05/2015 | 14:38

Broadcaster Brendan Courtney is contemplating a permanent move abroad if the upcoming marriage equality referendum is not passed.

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The designer, who spends his time between Dublin and London, said he would be embarrassed if Irish people vote against the referendum, which will allow civil marriage for same sex couples.

"I can see myself being ashamed to be Irish if this doesn't pass," he told

"I am really nervous and hopeful for a yes vote. Personally, I will be absolutely gutted if it's a no vote. I will consider not living here anymore if it's a no vote. I don't want to live in a country where I'm not equal."

The most recent Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll showed 66pc of people are in favour of same-sex marriage, 21pc against and the remainder undecided.

The former Off the Rails presenter said has hopes that the referendum will be passed by a larger margin than the polls suggest.

"I'm hoping that it's a landslide and a massive victory for the yes side and the Irish people and for the message that we send around the world that we are a progressive, young, forward-thinking nation.

Mr Courtney, who now owns Lennon Courtney with Sonya Lennon, received a homophobic postcard to his business this morning calling him a 'real f****t'. Despite being used to abuse like this, he said he was left shaken by this note.

"I was a little but upset. I was on the phone to my mother and I didn't tell her, because I didn't want to upset her.

"It doesn’t upset me or hurt me, I’m used to it. Luckily, I don’t have to deal with it very often."

The entrepreneur shared a photo of the offending anonymous postcard on Twitter, where he was met with much support from his followers.

"It's always quite nice when my straight friends are shocked by this on Twitter. We're not shocked by this and we've been living with this. It's just another form of bullying."

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