Tuesday 24 April 2018

May 22 vote asks us to embrace the notion all citizens are equal

No campaign's arguments are bogus, and our choice in the poll will tell us much about ourselves and our society, says Eamon Gilmore

Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore

Eamon Gilmore

The campaign for marriage equality has been like none other I can remember. For the most part, it has been good-natured and free from rancour. It has energised thousands of people, many of them young, some of them gay, to become involved in the political process for the first time

I know that it has been difficult for some gay people who have chosen to go out and campaign. It is never easy to knock on the door of a complete stranger and ask for their vote. To do so when it entails declaring your sexuality is an act of particular courage.

It shows the importance gay people attach to our vote on Friday week that so many have chosen to engage in this way. It tells us that, important as the issue of marriage equality is, the vote is actually about even more than that. It is about the concept of equality itself.

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