Target: Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland
Goal: Praise Ireland for voting to reform their constitution to allow for same-sex marriage.
In a landmark move, Ireland became the first nation in the world to approve marriage equality due to a popular vote. Despite vocal opposition from citizens and politicians alike, the nation is poised to allow same-sex couples the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.
Voters overwhelming chose to change the nation’s constitution when a staggering 1,201,607 voted in favor of the landmark decision, while 734,300 voted against it. In the dominantly Catholic nation, voter turnout was incredibly impressive, with more than 60% of the population taking part in the popular referendum.
Currently, the country’s constitutional stance on marriage has been revised to include that “…marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex…” These historic changes, along with the results of the popular vote, make Ireland the 19th country in the world to grant legal marriage rights to LGBT couples.
Further, the marriage equality measure was backed by every major Irish political party, including its Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, who related to major news outlets, both local and international, that the nation was more than prepared to make history and eradicate prejudice and irrational fears of difference.
While most of the Irish, including the country’s prime minister, are Roman Catholic, political leaders refused to allow their religious beliefs to influence their decision. In fact, many churches across the nation endorsed marriage equality before, during and after the landmark popular vote, as did major Irish corporations and even Irish celebrities such as Colin Farrell and Bono of U2.
Ireland’s decision to support marriage equality is a true marker of the progress the LGBT community has made towards securing rights and gaining respect around the world. Sign the petition to applaud Ireland’s decision to grant same-sex people marriage equality.
Dear Prime Minister Kenny,
It has recently come to my attention that Ireland has decided to approve marriage equality and extend legal marriages to its growing LGBT community. To date, Ireland is the first nation in the world to approve marriage equality via popular vote.
For years the LGBT community has fought tirelessly for its autonomy and the same rights and freedoms granted to their heterosexual counterparts. I admire your decision to not allow personal religious beliefs and convictions to hinder the sovereignty of an entire people.
The world is slowly moving past its former prejudices and realizing that LGBT people and their families deserve to be legally protected, represented and respected.
Thank you for approving marriage equality in Ireland.
[Your Name Here]
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