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'The right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation, and, in my opinion, its time has come'.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, July 2012.
Momentous words and it's a momentous time! For the first time, the Programme for Government made a serious committment to look at marriage equality under a Constitutional Convention, which has now started its work. April 13 and 14, 2013 will see the Convention looking at 'the provision for same sex marriage', so this is THE key time to contact your local TD/Senator to make sure that they hear your voice and your stories.
Civil marriage for same sex couples will only be achieved if we are prepared to ask for it and that involves stepping up to the plate and playing your part.
Marriage Equality needs you to go directly to your local TDs/Senators and tell them that the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being infringed by being denied access to civil marriage.
If there there is ONE thing you are prepared to do for this campaign, visit your local TD/Senator today.
Please follow these 5 easy steps:
Step 1 - Find out who your local TDs or Senators are via this clickable map and make an appointment to visit all of them.
Step 2 - Contact Marriage Equality beforehand for support and info about what you might say and the views of the politicians you are visiting.
Step 3 - Visit TDs, tell your stories - how being banned from Civil Marriage impacts on your everyday life, or the lives of people you care about.
Step 4 - Encourage friends and family to do the same.
Step 5 - Contact us and let us know what your TDs said so we can keep track of their attitudes and/or support.
Silence is being used as an excuse for inaction. Be part of the solution and take action!