On the 22 May we have an opportunity to extend basic civil rights to same sex couples that heterosexual couples already enjoy by voting for marriage equality.

 The polls indicate a yes vote is possible but is not guaranteed. Over the course of the campaign the No side will attempt to sow doubt in people’s minds particularly on the question of gay parents. lgbt flag

The conservative Catholic ideology that has interfered in people’s personal lives and Irish laws for generations has done untold damage. Not least on the ongoing scandal of failing to legislate for abortion rights and avoiding the opportunity for a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. It is time to separate church and state.

We need a campaign for a Yes vote that actively engages people to counter the lies of the conservative right, while also highlighting the other inequalities LGBTQ people face. Civil rights alone are not enough if people do not have the means to access them. Austerity, particularly the housing crisis can have a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ people. We all have a stake in a more equal and liberated society where everyone’s basic rights are guaranteed.

The Anti-Austerity Alliance will be actively campaigning for a Yes vote, and urging all our supporters to do the same.