I am so, so proud today. Thank you to everyone who canvassed, leafleted, debated, argued, worried, cried, laughed, begged and loved.
We fought for the best cause of all: Love. Nothing was easy or ever seemed certain, but in hindsight, how could we lose?
We fought for equality, for generosity, for kindness. We fought for our sisters, our brothers, our children, our parents, our friends.
We fought for LGBT children, long dead, whose lives were made a misery by a brutal, unloving Ireland.
We fought for LGBT children now grown older who – until only 22 years ago – lived in a land where their very existence was a crime .
We fought for LGBT children just born, or yet to be born, who will now live in a kinder and better Ireland where the love in their heart will mean as much as the colour and the beauty in their eyes.
Senator David Norris said “Ireland’s Gay Community is, at most, 10% of the Irish population. We can’t do this without you.” Norris was right. This was 10% of Ireland standing up and the rest of us standing up for that 10%. This was “us” deciding we don’t want an Ireland where there is a “them”. This was us. Just us.
Thank you to everyone who voted YES.
We voted for equality. We voted for acceptance. We voted for love.
We made history.
Ireland is the very first country in the world to legalise marriage equality by popular vote. How cool is that?