Marriage Equality Referendum Ireland, May 2015
The Humanist Association of Ireland is absolutely delighted that Ireland has said YES to same sex marriage.
We have long championed full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ireland, and are delighted that the Irish people have strongly endorsed the rights of couples to marry without distinction as to their sex. It is particularly inspiring that this change has come about by popular vote, but we are mindful that many other countries continue to persecute and oppress LGBT people. We hope that the resounding endorsement of equality and justice for the LGBT community in Ireland will inspire other countries and will be seen as a milestone towards equality for LGBT people throughout the world.
We also look forward to more changes in Irish society that support equality, compassion and reason.
As one of its many campaigns, the Humanist Association of Ireland fully supported the Marriage Equality Referendum. In February 2015, we invited Monnine Griffith Director of Marriage Equality, to speak to our First Sunday Meeting meeting on this issue.
The HAI believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples should have the right to have their relationship recognised legally. They should be able to go through a marriage ceremony and have the same status as other married couples. While the Civil Partnership Act of 2010 went some way to provide some rights, we feel this referendum has brought equality, justice and happiness to all LGBT couples.