Gerry Adams urges voters not to use referendum to punish Government

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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."

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