Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen urges Ireland to vote Yes in marriage referendum
Actor Ian McKellen is urging "friends in Ireland" to vote Yes in this month's same sex marriage referendum.
McKellen, who plays Magneto in the X Men series and Gandalf in 'Lord Of The Rings', tweeted the message last night to his account which has more than two million followers.
"To friends in Ireland. Vote YES on 22 May and make your country the first ever to legalise marriage equality by popular vote," he wrote.
He signed off the tweet with the hashtag 'VoteWithUs'.
To friends in Ireland. Vote YES on 22 May and make your country first ever to legalise marriage equality by popular vote. #VoteWithUs
McKellen's message comes just days after renowned author Roddy Doyle posted a story to his Facebook account supporting a Yes vote.
He wrote a funny story backing a 'Yes' vote in the same-sex marriage referendum because he thinks famous people writing opinion pieces is "a waste of time".
The story was posted on The Snapper author's Facebook page under his famous 'Two Pints' series of short dialogue sketches.
It features two men discussing the referendum, and one man's gay nephew, who he calls "an irritatin' little pr**". The piece ends with the uncle saying that despite his irritating nephew he would be voting yes as "a few years o'marriage will fix tha' little f**ker's cough for him".
"I'm just messin'. Look - f**k it, I love him. He's a great kid an' if he ever wants to get married, he should be able to. An' me sister can have her big day as well," the man continues.
The post has 35,000 'likes' and 10,000 'shares' on the website.
Doyle told the Herald that he was "expressing hope" that Ireland votes yes.
"I was asked to write an opinion piece and I thought 'well I never read them myself'. If I see how somebody famous has an opinion I'm always thinking 'well so what', you know?
"Sometimes they would nearly make me change my mind.
"You know, such and such a rock star says vote yes, I'm inclined to vote no," he said.