As you may have guessed An Sionnach Fionn fully supports the proposed amendment to the definition of marriage as outlined in Article 41 of Bunreacht na hÉireann. The addition of a new section will state that Féadfaidh beirt, gan beann ar a ngnéas, conradh pósta a dhéanamh de réir dlí or literally “Two persons may, without regard to their sex, make a contract of marriage in accordance with law” (the English language translation of the constitution will actually read “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex“, a more idiomatic phrasing). It is an entirely sensible and long-overdue reform.
Today’s Irish Times carries a report by Éanna Ó Caollaí on the launch of the pro-equality campaign by the TÁ Comhionannas organisation:
“The group is affiliated with Yes Equality and aims to secure a Yes vote from the Irish-speaking public in the May 22nd referendum.
TÁ Comhionannas spokesman Traolach Ó Buachalla said the referendum is about “giving equal rights to equal citizens”.
Drawing a comparison between the Irish language rights movement and the marriage equality movement, Mr Ó Buachalla said “Equality is a fundamental issue for the Irish language community and I believe there are clear parallels between the cause of those who support Irish language rights and those who support same-sex marriage.”
The purpose behind TÁ Comhionannas, Mr Ó Buachalla said, is to give a voice to those in the Irish speaking community wishing to support the Yes campaign.
The Yes campaign has received cross-party support and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Lab), Aonghus Ó Snodaigh (SF), Pat Carey (ex-FF) and Sen Trevor Ó Clochartaigh (SF) attended the TÁ Comhionnanais launch.
Former Fianna Fáil government minister Pat Carey said the interpretation of marriage, which he said was the bedrock of family and community in Ireland, should be inclusive of the LGBT community.
“The Irish language in the way that it describes family is inclusive of the strong tradition of family in Ireland,” Mr Carey said.
The campaign slogan ‘Tabhair dom do lámh’ (Give me your hand) was taken from a composition written by 17th century harpist Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin…”
There are many reasons for supporting marriage equality in Ireland and precious few for opposing it. It is simply the right thing to do no matter how vociferous or visceral the fallacious arguments of the anachronistic “homosceptical” lobby may get.