Marriage Equality’s March Advocate of the Month
1 Mar 2011
This month, Marriage Equality's Advocate of the Month is... you!
In the three years since Marriage Equality was launched, we've seen our supporter base grow from a handful of people to several thousand caring, concerned individuals, their friends and family members. We have supporters from all over Ireland, young and old, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual.
And we couldn't do what we do without you. You've fundraised for us, you've held awareness raising events for us, you've come out in force to support us at marches and Pride festivals. You've shared your stories and helped to spread the word.
When the General Election was announced a month ago, Marriage Equality developed our canvassing tool and asked you to keep it by your door, ask candidates about the issue, and feed back their responses to us. And thanks to you, we had a fantastic response, with people all over Ireland downloading it, printing it off and using it as a reminder to ask canvassers about their party's views on marriage equality. As a result, civil marriage for same sex couples remained an important issue throughout the election.
We're still working hard to ensure that marriage equality is included in the upcoming Programme for Government, and you have been helping us with that goal as well, by emailing your new TDs - especially the new Labour TDs - and asking them to do everything in their power to make civil marriage equality a reality for same sex couples across Ireland.
2011 is set to be a busy, challenging year for us, and we will continue to need your support. We need to keep the pressure on our new government if we want to make marriage equality happen. We need people like you to make your voices heard and speak out against inequality and discrimination.
You've all been crucial to the work of Marriage Equality, and we are confident that with your help and support, we can achieve our goal of equality for same sex couples, our families and our children.
Thank you for all you do.