ISPCC campaigning for Yes vote 'because it's the right thing to do'

ISPCC campaigning for Yes vote 'because it's the right thing to do'
Caroline O'Sullivan

The head of children’s charity the ISPCC has said they are calling for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum because it is the right thing to do by children.

The ISPCC interim CEO was speaking at the launch of a video ‘The Kids Are Alright’ – which features the children of same-sex parents, calling for a Yes vote.

Caroline O’Sullivan also dismissed claims the ISPCC was campaigning for a Yes vote because they are state-funded.

She said only 10% of the charity's funding comes from the state and added the ISPCC had spent no money on the Yes campaign.

"This (campaign) is about advocating on behalf of children and adults," she said.

"We have spent no funds on this campaign. We are doing it because it's the right thing to do."

Meanwhile, Mothers and fathers Matter has re-iterated its argument that surrogacy is at the heart of concerns about same-sex marriage.

In a statement, the group, which is campaigning for a No vote, said: "If this referendum passes, no future law will ever be able to distinguish between a married man and a woman and a married couple of the same sex in any way whatsoever.

"This obviously includes any laws made in relation to children or surrogacy... We are very confident that the voting public will see very clearly that civil partnership..is the best way to grant rights to same sex couples while protecting the rights of children."

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