Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Every human deserves equal rights' - Conor McGregor has his say on Marriage Equality debate

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

UFC star Conor McGregor has lent his support to the Yes campaign for Friday's marriage equality referendum, adding that everyone "deserves" equal rights.

McGregor, who is preparing for a world title fight with Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in July, made his feelings clear on social media today.

"Myself and my team are urging everyone to please VOTE YES TO EQUALITY! Every human deserves equal rights #WeAreAllOne," he posted on his Twitter account.

He is the latest sporting figure to back a Yes vote, with Brian O'Driscoll, Robbie Keane and Cian Healy already backing their campaign.

"I think the "No" posters are an outright disgrace. They're not holes in the "No" argument, they're craters! #Yes," Healy posted on his Twitter account last week.

"No campaign is against any single parents or adoption judging by their posters. I find that highly offensive. Haven't heard them clarify."

And Robbie Keane went to the effort of penning an emotional open letter to the Sunday World Newspaper.

The Republic of Ireland captain and LA Galaxy star said he was prompted to voice his support because he fears gay people are being “excluded because of their sexuality”.

In the letter, Robbie made an impassioned plea in favour of the referendum being passed when the electorate goes to the polls on May 22nd.

“Although I am currently working and living outside of the country, I have been following the commentary and debate on the upcoming Referendum on same-sex marriage,” wrote Keane.

“While, unfortunately, I will not be home to vote on May 22, I am strongly supporting a ‘YES’ vote.

“Most of us will have friends or family who, up to now, have been denied to right to marry their loved ones or have been made to feel excluded because of their sexuality. To me, this feels wrong,” he continued.

“I am a very proud Irishman and it is important to me that our country does, and is seen to, treat all of its citizens on an equal footing.

“As a sportsman, fairness is key. My own personal view is that changing our Constitution on this issue is the right decision as it will give people the choice and opportunity to marry, irrespective of the fact that they may wish to marry someone of the same gender.”

He added: “Marriage equality is an easy answer for me and will show the world that Ireland is a compassionate country that recognises and accepts diversity, and most importantly treats its’ citizens equally.

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