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THE UK HAS NOT LEGALISED SAME SEX MARRIAGE
The majority has, yes. In England, Scotland and Wales it is legal for two consenting adults to get married, regardless of their genders. But Northern Ireland still hasn’t legalised same sex marriage and saying “the whole of the UK has” means people forget that there is still a battle raging on here in Northern Ireland.
I know a lot of people still get confused and think we’re a part of Ireland so we do have same sex marriage, but we’re now separate countries and a part of the UK (which Ireland isn’t).
Peter Robinson, our first minister, has actually recently said that he would like to make being gay illegal again. That is how much trouble we’re in over here. Gay couples cannot adopt, gay men cannot give blood, our leading political party (the DUP) is openly homophobic, when campaigning for the last elections, our then health minister Jim Wells (a member of the DUP) told a lesbian couple (whose door he had knocked at to try to get their vote) that he “did not agree with their lifestyle”, a week after he said, and I quote, “You don’t bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That a child is far more likely to be abused and neglected,“ during an actual political debate. He resigned later that month for "family reasons”.
The victories in the USA, Ireland, the rest of the UK, France and other places are wonderful and deserve to be celebrated, they are a triumph for love and human rights. But we must create international pressure, like there is currently for Australia, for Northern Ireland to legalise same sex marriage and drag itself out of the 1940s and into the 21st century. Love is a basic human right and that needs recognised.

i haven’t really seen much on my dash about this. Maybe it’s because I’m not following that many Irish bloggers or something but let me explain. 

Ireland are having a new referendum introduced and voted on soon. If voted yes, it will allow gay people to adopt and raise children. 

If no, they simply wont be able to. 

Campaigns for #VoteNo have been malicious, such as the poster above. The church is also supporting #VoteNo and across Ireland (well, definitely in Limerick anyways) held mass prayer sessions to vote no in the next voting session. It would be what God wants or some religious bullshit like that. 

This poster is supporting such outdated values. 

What about single-family parents?

What about widows? 

What about a parent who has to flee an abusive relationship?

What about the children who grow up with just one? What will they have to suffer through if it goes ahead? 

What about partners who have been together for a lifetime and now cant adopt or anything? 

What about the women out there who wish to raise a child completely by themselves? Will they get support?


This is, simply put, utter bullshit and seriously so disgusting.  The fact that we, as a country, are still using religion and emotional manipulation to get what we want is at best disgraceful.  

People, human beings, all deserve the same equality no matter what. Children do not deserve both a mother and a father, they deserve a healthy and safe upbringing, regardless of the family-status, gender, or sexual orientation of their parents. 

People also deserve the right to give this opportunities, to give children a better, safer home life and environment. 

We all deserve to be equal. 

I beg of you, #VoteYes. 


(Note: I’m sorry if this makes no sense. I just woke up and I’m too angry to articulate what I have to say correctly.)