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My name is Rebecca Murphy and I am a Yes Equality Cork committee member. I’ve been asked to talk to you all this afternoon about volunteering and more importantly, how vital it is that we all work together to make a yes vote happen.
On a personal note, I’ll be voting yes on May 22nd because I believe same-sex couples should have the same rights that straight ones do. On a very personal note, my brother and sister both had the right to marry the people they love, and I think I should have the same rights – my parents, who are here today, who loved and raised all 3 of us equally, agree 100%.
I love this country, I’ve lived here my whole life, I work here, I pay my taxes drive, I drive around this country sometimes and I gasp at the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of its people. I hope this Ireland that I love votes yes. I know this will only happen if we all work together. This referendum won’t be won by a committee, nor will it be won on Facebook or on Twitter. It will be won because those who want a yes vote will find that extra hour in their week to put up posters, or knock on doors, or answer phones, or make phonecalls, or write letters, or make badges. It will be won because groups of ordinary people will stand together and say “yes – we believe in love, we believe in equality, we believe our LGBT friends and family are full equal citizens of this country, and we are willing to work to make this yes vote happen.”
We CAN win this. And if we work together, we will win this.
We will win this for ourselves, we will win this for our families, for our friends, for the person we love. We will win this for the children of the nation – those who cannot vote yet, and those yet to be born.
We will win this for those who have gone before us. We will win this for our country and our society, and for the men and women who fought and died for what they believed was a true Republic – a Republic of Equals where regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of age, race, class or ability, cherishes its children equally and affords all it members human rights, respect and dignity.
So sign that volunteer form, find that extra hour – wake up on May 23rd knowing you did absolutely everything you could have.
We have an opportunity to make Ireland a fairer, more equal place – let’s grab it with both hands.
Let’s win this referendum together.