Sunday 19 November 2017

Referendum is not a vote about lifestyle, it's about love

We are at a crossroads, but not the one Eamon de Valera imagined
We are at a crossroads, but not the one Eamon de Valera imagined
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I come from the stand-point of many on the 'Yes' side: somewhat middle-aged (if one calls 40 that), male, rural and, sadly, single.

A child of the 1970s, who grew up in the '80s' and '90s, I have seen much change for the better in relation to homosexuality. Yes, we live in a more open, pluralist Ireland now. And, yes, we now live in Ireland where being gay no longer makes you a paedophile or someone in need of 'fixing', an Ireland where young boys and girls, young men and women growing up gay can look to positive role models in all walks of life in their country.

However, we stand at a crossroads as a nation with this referendum (and no, they are not de Valera's crossroads). The expanse of the significance goes well beyond the ticking of Tá or Níl on May 22. People are being asked to not only redefine marriage, they are being asked to define love.

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