Time to stand up against prejudice and vote 'Yes'
I am writing this letter to connect with the hearts of Irish people. There is still prejudice towards gay people in Ireland - and we need to change this. We can do this by going out and voting for marriage equality on May 22. I have a son and a daughter, both of whom I am very proud of. My son Daragh is gay and is in a civil partnership. I will be voting 'Yes' in the forthcoming marriage equality referendum.
By voting 'Yes', we are giving the message to young gay people that it's OK to be yourself. I am voting 'Yes' because I wish my son - and other gay and lesbian couples - to have the same rights under the law as everyone else. That is, the right to marry the person they love.
I am writing a letter to a paper for the first time in my life. I am a rather passive person, but sometimes we must make a stand. And one thing that will make us stand up is when we see our children being put down or being discriminated against. To quote Rosa Parks "we must stand up for something or we will fall for everything".