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Donal Skehan calls for Marriage Equality as he posts heartfelt picture with best man

Published 04/05/2015 | 11:25

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Donal Skehan with his fiancee Sofie Larsson (photo: Rhianne Jones)
Donal and Sofie have been together since 2006
Donal Skehan and fiancee Sofie Larrson at the Image blog awards at Fade Street Social in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Donal Skehan has urged his followers to vote ‘Yes’ in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum, and said he hoped that his best man would one day be able to marry the person he loved in Ireland.

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The Irish favourite will marry his Swedish fiancée in less than ten weeks but  revealed that he would be voting 'Yes' to allow for his best friend Jonathan to have the "same rights" as himself in this country.

The Kitchen Hero star shared a photograph where he posed with his best man on his Instagram account.

“Today my best man, Jonathan and I picked up our suits for the wedding. We've been best friends since we were four years old, but since he came out 5 years ago he hasn't had the same rights as me,” Donal wrote.

“On May 22nd Ireland has the opportunity to vote for marriage equality. I will be voting YES for an equal society, YES for the next generation and YES for my best friend, who I look forward to standing beside as his best man when he chooses to get married! I hope you will too,” he said.

The food writer and television personality proposed to his long-term girlfriend Sofie Larsson in Paris last year, and Donal has revealed that the nuptials are less than ten weeks away in a post on his Instagram account.

“In less than ten weeks, Sofie and I are getting married,” he wrote.

It is not known whether the cook will wed in his hometown of Howth or if the nuptials will be held in Sweden, where Sofie is from.

The couple are also hoping to have unconventional hen and stag parties ahead of the wedding.

"We've been talking about doing a 'Sten' (joint stag and hen party), so we'd all go away for a weekend together; have a girls night and a guys night, and then all go out together because all of our friends are quite close.

Donal and Sofie have been together since 2006
Donal and Sofie have been together since 2006
Donal Skehan with his fiancee Sofie Larsson (photo: Rhianne Jones)
Donal Skehan and fiancee Sofie Larrson at the Image blog awards at Fade Street Social in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

“We might as well do something different like that and get a mini-break out of it while we're at it," Donal said.

Donal and Sofie met in his local pub in Howth in 2006.

"Her best friend is half-Swedish and her grandmother used to live on the road I grew up on, so we kind of got to know her and one year Sofie came over with her, we all went out to the pub and the rest is history!" he smiles.

"I followed Sofie to Sweden for a few months and I worked there and then she came back here. So Sofie has lived in Dublin pretty much for the last seven years."

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