Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan have been fighting since 2003 for legal recognition of their Canadian marriage.

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Mary O Sullivan

I want you both to know how proud I am of you both.
Proud of the work you are doing to further human rights in Ireland.
Proud of the fact that you both have fought so hard for your marriage to be recognised in Ireland.
Proud that such eloquent, hard working people are striving to improve Irish society for us all.

Thank you so much

Paul Hewett

My best to you both in your quest for equality in the eyes of the State and of your fellow citizens.

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To Dr Ann Louise Gilligan and Senator Katherine Zappone.
I fully support your case with the supreme Court and I am sorry that you come up against so many walls regarding it. I am in a similar suituation regarding a Canadian marriage, but my relationship with my partner has since ended due to her having an affair. I will at some stage in the near future have to go through a divorse, with no support from Irish law.
It is a discrace that so many Irish people do not have the same rights as their brothers and sisters and I wish you all the best in your fight for equal rights.
May you always find the strength and compassion to argue your case in the professional and dignified manner as you have done so far and know always that there are people out there, supporting you both all the way.
Kind regards.

Councilor Mick Duff

Katherine and Ann Louise, the very best wishes for a successful outcome for your struggle for recognition as a married couple and just to let you know that we are all thinking of you both. You are both shining beacons of light in our lives here in Tallaght and beyond, and are very much loved and respected. Keep fighting the good fight.
Kind regards, Councillor Mick Duff, Tallaght Central, Labour Party

John Ryan

I feel both of you are truly representative of the wider community who want “Equality” whilst we are heading in the right direction it is not enough, Civil Partnership is only a stepping stone to full marriage equality. Myself and my partner have not taken the Civil Partnership route as we do not want to “CIVIL PARTNERSHIPED” I hope today you are both successful and thank you so much for flying the flag of all people who just want equality.