Contact Your TD

We can't be out until we are out to our TDs

Civil marriage for gay and lesbian people will only be achieved if we are prepared to ask for it. MarriagEquality wants us, as gay and lesbian people, to go directly to our local TDs and tell them that our rights are being infringed by being denied access to civil marriage.

Please follow these 5 easy steps:

Step 1 - Find out who your local TDs or Senators are via the our clickable map and make an appointment to visit all of them. Concentrate on the Government TDs (Fianna Fail, Green Party, Progressive Democrats and Independents). If you have time visit the opposition TDs (Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and Independents) too so that all parties know we are looking for change.

Step 2 - Contact us beforehand for support and info about what you might say and the likely 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.

Step 4 - Encourage friends and family to do the same.

Step 5 - Contact us and let us know what they said so we can keep track of their attitudes and/or support.

Silence is being used as an excuse for inaction.

MarriagEquality believes that equality for gay and lesbian people can only be achieved by providing same sex couples access to civil marriage.

The Government's civil partnership scheme will not give gay and lesbian people the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Opponents of civil marriage for gay and lesbian people argue that there is no demand for it. For example, speaking in the Dail in November 2007, Fianna Fail TD, Dr Martin Mansergh, stated that:

"it is not a matter that I can recall being raised with me, face to face, in my constituency from any angle, either for or against."