‘Yes Equality Donegal’ held a volunteer day yesterday (Sat) in Letterkenny’s Institute of Technology.
Over 50 people from across the county were in attendance to find out ways in which they can become involved in the referendum campaign.
‘Yes Equality’ is a national campaign platform which is working towards securing a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum this coming May, which will allow gay and lesbian couples equal access to civil marriage.
“One of the things that we are keen to stress is that this is a campaign for civil marriage,” said Sinead Murray, one of the coordinators in Donegal, who also runs BreakOut, an LGBT youth group in Letterkenny.
“We want voters to be absolutely clear that a Yes vote on May 22nd will in no way affect religious and church-based weddings. We are campaigning for equal access for all people to civil marriage – the kind that takes place in registry offices throughout the country on a daily basis.”
People traveled from all over the county to attend the volunteer day on Saturday where they were given workshops on fundraising and canvassing.
“Today was just the beginning of our campaign in Donegal. We will be canvassing in every corner of the county from now until the day of the referendum,” said Declan Meehan, another coordinator of the ‘Yes Equality’ campaign.
“We want to get talking to everyone in Donegal, to answer their questions and address any concerns they might have. We want people to go into the polling booth on May 22nd confident that they are making the right choice when they vote Yes.”
Yes Equality Donegal has the largest regional group in the country and they have big plans for the coming nine weeks, with fundraisers and public meetings planned county-wide. It was launched by Gaelic footballer Eamon McGee last month. Ireland will be the first country in history to have the chance to write marriage equality into their constitution by public referendum.
“Voter turnout is crucial to this referendum passing,” said Noel Sharkey, one of the founders of the group. “Yes Equality is the family values campaign and we want people to vote yes for their lesbian and gay loved ones. A resounding ‘Aye’ from Donegal will show the country how dearly we, the people of Donegal, hold these family values.”
Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the campaign can get in touch via the Yes Equality Donegal Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.