Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has today appealed to voters not to try to punish the Government in the same-sex marriage referendum.
Deputy Adams was speaking as his party launched their campaign for a Yes vote.
They plan to distribute 500,000 leaflets and call to as many doors as possible.
The Louth TD said that the issue is too serious to use as a protest vote against the Government.
"People should not be using this issue to punish the government - this is bigger than any political party, it's bigger than any politician," he said.
"This is just about giving a very modest and basic right of equality to people who are Irish citizens.
"If you go back to the Proclamation [of the Irish Republic] it talks about all the citizens - it doesn't say 'unless you're gay' - it talks about all the children of the nation equally."