Tara Flynn

Tara is an actor and comedian, co-writer/ performer of the Marriage Equality PSA “Armagayddon” and firm believer in equality for all. For her it’s a matter of human rights, and she and her husband ask you to vote yes so that other couples can share the right to marry that they have. “One of the reasons why this matters so …

Brighid & Paddy

Brighid and Paddy are devout Catholics, living in Louth, and are fifty years married this year. They want other couples, gay or straight, to be able to legally avail of civil marriage and experience the protections and companionship that they have experienced. They wish that all of their grandchildren be protected and treated as equals in the eyes of the …

Katherine & Ann Louise

Katherine Zappone, from the US, and Ann Louise Gilligan, from Ireland, have been a couple since the early 1980s. They married in Canada over a decade ago, but their marriage is not recognised in the Republic. They feel that more than thirty years together is long enough to wait for their marriage to be recognised. The referendum is a ‘legacy …

Jillian van Turnhout

Jillian van Turnout (46), from Dublin, is a Senator and children’s rights activist. She wasn’t always convinced that equal marriage was the way forward. But with her vast and varied experience, she has changed her mind. She’ll be voting yes, and hopes that you will too. “Through my years of experience as a Children’s Rights activist I’ve seen that life …

Colm O’Gorman

Colm O’Gorman (48) is the Director of Amnesty International Ireland and hails from Co Wexford. Colm talks about how his wedding day with Paul was one of the most extraordinary days of life. He would have loved to have married in Ireland, surrounded by their friends, family, and their kids, instead of in New York. “To have our marriage respected, …

Muireann Noonan

Muireann Noonan, originally from Kerry, recalls some disasters of her wedding day but remembers that it was her right to make those choices for herself. She believes that we do not live in an equal society if we can’t marry someone we love, nor if other parents don’t have the same rights she has. “It is not an equal society …

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Pádraig MacLochlainn is a Sinn Féin TD from Donegal North West. He relates the story of how he and his wife travelled to the wedding of dear gay friends in Spain. He was taken by the genuine and strong love on display, and saddened at how this love is not protected in Ireland. That’s why he’s voting yes. “Our loved …

Averil Power

Averil Power is a Fianna Fáil Senator based in Dublin North East. She talks about what marriage means to her, and why she is upset that people close to her cannot celebrate their relationships, or be protected by the state, in the same way as she can. “It really upsets me that I have gay and lesbian friends who have …

Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig

Tá Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig in a chomhairleoir Chontae, i dTír Chonaill. Tá sé pósta , tá sé i ngrá, agus síleann sé go bhfuil an ceart céanna atá aige tuillte ag gach duine ar bith eile. Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig is a country councillor from Donegal. He is married, and in love, and he feels that the …