On the 22nd of May this year, the citizens of this Republic will be asked to vote ‘YES or ‘NO’ in a marriage referendum. They will be asked if “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex”.

I, as a citizen of this republic and who is also a gay man will be asking my family, friends and others to vote YES on May the 22nd.

I ask those from Ireland who read this to really think about what this referendum means for all generations, for those whom have endured oppression for decades, for those currently living their life as teenagers or adults and for those beginning their life in Ireland, be it from infancy or immigration. It is about time this republic leads by actions and not wait for the rest of the world. We must treat all citizens equally.