On May 22nd, the people of Ireland will decide whether to give every citizen the right to marry. Opinion polls show strong support for marriage equality. But the vote isn’t won yet – conservative politicians are pushing back hard.
To win in Ireland, we need to make sure that supporters turn up to vote “yes” on the day. Most young people in Ireland support marriage equality, but they’re also the least likely to get out and vote. Sometimes people forget, and sometimes they don’t believe they can make a difference. We need to make sure they know that every vote for equality matters.
Can you take two minutes now, to chip in just $5 for equality in Ireland? If we raise just $1000, we’ll have enough to boost All Out’s campaign and start running powerful Facebook ads targeting people who need reminding that their “yes” vote could help make history in Ireland next month.Can you take two minutes now, to chip in just $5 for equality in Ireland? If we raise just $1000, we’ll have enough to boost All Out’s campaign and start running powerful Facebook ads targeting people who need reminding that their “yes” vote could help make history in Ireland next month.
The latest polls on equality in Ireland show that the age group most likely to support the referendum were people aged 25-34. Young people showed an 86% support rate.
But politicians are divided. Senator Eamonn Coghlan gave a speech last week asking people to support equality. But Senator Fidelma Healy Eames recently posted a message that suggested passing marriage equality would lead to the end of Mother’s Day.
Statements like that might make it sound like the opposition are grasping at straws. But referendum results are notoriously difficult to predict, so we can’t afford to relax just yet. Facebook ads are a great way to reach people who don’t read the news, who could easily forget how important the referendum is – and we can start running ads with as little as $1000.
Can you make a secure donation to back equality in Ireland? It only takes two minutes: go.allout.org/en/a/equality-ireland
The fight for equality has been a long one in Ireland. Homosexuality was illegal until 1993. Bigoted views have been rife in this campaign too. One group claimed that same-sex couples are more likely to contract cancer, and are more likely to abuse or injure children.
Through it all, campaigners in Ireland have kept up the pressure to roll back back the bigotry. Now there’s a chance of the victory for which many of them have been waiting a lifetime.
Can you chip in to help make sure that they’ve got something wonderful to celebrate when they wake up on May 23rd? go.allout.org/en/a/equality-ireland
In 2013, France became the latest country to consider marriage equality. The vote in the Senate was extremely tight, with just one or two votes hanging in the balance. More than 500 of us gave online in two days to place an unmissable ad in the biggest French daily, Le Monde, on the first morning of the vote process. All Out members took to social media with message in support of equality – our messaging reached close to 4 million people in less than 20 days on Facebook. In April 2013, France passed marriage equality.
This is what happens when All Out members come together. Can you chip in to make sure Ireland votes YES to equality? go.allout.org/en/a/equality-ireland
Thanks for going All Out,
Andre, Jeremy, Oscar, Rose and the rest of the All Out team.
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- New poll shows 76% want marriage equality in Ireland – Pink News, 13th of March 2015
- Passing marriage equality referendum could ‘end Mother’s Day’ – Irish Times, 15th of March 2015
- Homosexuality Causes Cancer, Says Irish Anti-Gay Marriage Group – Newsweek, 25th of February 2015