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Step Three - Visit TDs
Tell your stories - let them hear how being banned from Civil Marriage impacts on your everyday life. Letting TDs hear the human story behind the argument, is one of the most effective ways of showing a TD why it's so important to legislate for marriage equality.
The following are some suggested questions that you can ask your TDs/Senators when you go to visit them. You may wish to ask your own particular questions, so these are merely a guideline on questions you could ask.
- In most recent polls (Millward Brown, Sept 2012), 75% of Irish people support the right of same sex couples to marry. As an elected representative, are you supportive of equal marriage rights for same sex couples?
- If yes - how will you work towards this?
- If no - why not?
- While I welcome Civil Partnership as an initial first step, I would like to see the introduction of equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Do you see civil marriage for same sex couples being introduced within the lifetime of this government?
- Will you make recommendations to the Constitutional Convention in favour of marriage equality on behalf on me as your constituent?
- If the Constitutional Convention recommends introducing marriage equality through legislation, will you support this legislation's passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas?
- If the Constitutional Convention recommends introducing marriage equality through a referendum, will you ensure that this referendum is held in a timely manner after this recommendation?
Make sure to tell them that only by extending civil marriage to same-sex couples will equality be achieved.
The following documents can be downloaded in PDF format to help you with talking points for your visit: