So tomorrow Ireland goes to the polls to vote on ammending our constition regarding our marriage laws. If the yes vote wins Ireland will become the first Country to legalise same sex marriage through popular vote. I for one will be voting Yes. With every referendum there is due to be opposing views. However I’ve been surprised, appalled even, by the level of vitriolic bigotry voiced by the No side. This has always been a country known to hide in the past. Scarred by memories of Civil War and a Catholic Church that committed heinous crimes against the people who trusted it. I wrongly believed we had begun to change. Organisations such as the Iona Institute put paid to that dream. People in the LGTBI community have been forced to pass posters on their way to and from work telling them that who they are is an abomination. That God hates them. That their peers feel them not worthy of equal rights. Being allowed to marry may seem infinitesimal to some however to those of my friends directly affected by this it has been the only thing that they’ve thought about since the referendum was announced. I know someone who is due to get married to his boyfriend in August, can you imagine planning a wedding not knowing if it would even be legal? I can’t. That’s why to vote yes is imperative. To show that we are more than just words. Every human deserves equal rights, no one should face exclusion. If you’re Irish and reading this I respect your decision regardless but think how you would feel if someone told you that you’re different to everyone else purely due to the fact that you are who you want to be. Good look to all hoping for this Yes. I hope to share in your celebrations when all is said and done. Make gra the law!