first_imgThe people of Inishowen came out in numbers on Saturday at a Coffee & Cake Fete in The Exchange, Buncrana, to show their support for a Yes vote in the Referendum for Civil Marriage Equality on 22 May.Sinead Murray speaking at the Buncrana event.Speaking at the event, Sinead Murray of Yes Equality Donegal said, “This referendum is about equality for all. It is about ensuring that all young people grow up in an equal and fair society. Each and every family in this country matters, parenting is not reflective of gender or sexual orientation, it’s about providing support, love, affection, stability and safety.”Philip McGuinness, of Yes Equality Buncrana, reminded the crowd that “The voice of mothers and fathers matter. That’s why we want voters to listen to parents: the mother, fathers and indeed grandparents of gay men and women.” Referring to former President Mary McAleese’s recent statement Sinead Murray called for an Ireland where all the children of the nation are treated equally.She said that this must include gay and lesbian children and gay and lesbian children yet to be born. Referring to her work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered children in Donegal she talked about how important it is for them to know that they are fully accepted as full and equal members of the community.“A strong Yes vote on 22 May in Donegal will show just how caring and loving the people of Donegal are. It will show that we in Donegal and the people of Ireland care for all our children and their families.”Mary McAleese’s son Justin spoke recently about his experience of growing up gay in Ireland and referred to the high rate of contemplating and attempting suicide among gay young people. Talking about 7,200 children born now who will have to come to terms with their sexuality in 12 years’ time, he said, “What would you rather have for them – a country where they are not afforded the same marriage rights as their heterosexual counterparts? Or a country that embraces their sexuality and allows them to express their love in the same way as their straight brothers and sisters?”The referendum on 22 May will amend the constitution to allow same sex couples to get married in civil marriage ceremonies. Philip McGuinness stressed the importance of people voting on the day and warned against complacency and assuming that the referendum would be passed.He encouraged young people in particular to ensure that they are registered to vote and reminded them that they can apply for inclusion on the register up to 5 May by going to their local Garda station. People can check if they are registered on the website where they can also download the necessary form.Yes Equality Donegal are organising events throughout the county and have canvassing teams in all areas. People who want to get involved can find out more on their website FAMILIES AND CHILDREN MATTER IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM, BUNCRANA MEETING TOLD was last modified: April 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more