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Consider lives of others when casting your vote

I write this speaking directly to those considering the voting ‘no’ in the upcoming referendum. 

It is abundantly clear how much of Galway city is covered with the no vote’s message. Until recently, it was the only opinion to be clearly seen on our streets.

In response to this, I do acknowledge and thank the Labour party for their support for the ‘yes’ campaign.

Personally, being an openly gay 22-year-old man in Galway, I have had difficulties in encountering these vote ‘no’ posters on my way to college every day.

I am not certain whether or not those campaigning for the ‘no’ vote understand just how much it hurts so many people to see and hear such things.

If we break down their ideas to its basic form, they’re truly arguing; ‘I don’t want you to have the same rights as I do’.

No one should have a say in whether or not I can get married — however, now — everyone does.

If you are heterosexual, you are fortunate enough to be born into a world that automatically accepts you and your wishes for something as simple as marriage.

It can never be wrong to love another human being, and yet the ‘no’ vote argues against that.

Despite our differences, we all deserve to be of equal status in a modern society.

If you disapprove of gay marriage, you are entitled to your opinion — but just consider the lives of others before making your decision on May 22.

Declan Jones

Dún Aengus

The Docks

Galway


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