I wanna lay this down for all my Irish peeps.
This month is Check the Register month. In case you don’t know, next year we will have a referendum on Marriage Equality and our lovely LGBT+ friends need our help. Yes I say ‘our’ because this includes you.
I suppose its true to say that our lovely country is slightly backwards. We welcome people from foreign lands onto our shores every day and I think we are known for our friendly banter. Yet, we are failing to look after our own. Denying the right for people to express their love and protect their families. Every family is different, but it’s the same love.
Many of us bury our heads in the sand when there is a big decision to be made or something to be done. We make excuses that it doesn’t concern us or someone else will take care of it. I’ve heard people saying that they wont bother voting or wont bother registering because ‘the referendum will definitely go through’…. but, this can only be a reality if everyone, you, cast their vote.
This is a chance for us to relinquish the shackles of our past, a past filled with pain and hurt, division and inequality. How many times have we complained about our Government? About their inability to make a decision that might actually have a positive impact on our struggling society?
This a chance to unite a divided Ireland. This is a chance for people to stand up and fight for what’s right. A chance the extend the hand of kindness and friendship. A chance to create a more accepting Ireland.
This is a chance for us to become proud of this little country again. Its time we stuck it to our indifferent Government and scream ‘this is what we want! EQUALITY!’
This is our chance, our time and our decision. We are the future of our country. Let’s work together to take sure it’s a bright one and one full of endless possibilities.
If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible to vote you can Check the Register here: https://www.checktheregister.ie/PublicPages/Default.aspx?uiLang
You can also download a form to register from YesEquality here: http://www.yesequality.ie/register/
And be sure to like YesEquality on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yesequality?fref=ts
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