Cllr Timmons ”I will be supporting and campaigning for a yes vote for Marriage equality on May 22nd. From those I have talked to and canvassed so far the Yes vote is winning but there is no room for complacency. We need to get people out to vote and we need to start conversations that encourage the undecided to vote yes.  We need to get all the people to realise that the family and relationships bill already covers issues such as children and parenthood. This referendum is purely about civil marriage equality. Not about religious marriage, not about children or parenting, just equality, no more and no less. Yes Equality is campaigning for a Yes Vote I will join them on the canvass over the next few weeks.  ( https://www.facebook.com/yesequalitydublinmw ) I also appeal to people not to vote against this referendum due to wanting to vent anger at the government or other parties. All political parties have declared a YES vote position and if you believe in Equality vote yes.

http://www.votewithus.org/video/francis-timmons/

Its time to cherish all her children equally

Almost 100 years ago, the 1916 proclamation called on the Republic to cherish all her children equally, sadly this has not been the case for many. Many have been treated as lower classes these have included the Traveling community, disabilities and the LGBT community among others. We now have a chance to change the status qua and go another step of the ladder in Equality. I grew up in a time when it was illegal to be Gay, many hid their sexuality and many lived in fear. In 1982 Declan Flynn was murdered in Fairview Park , In 1983 David Norris took a case to the Supreme Court seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the Irish laws but was unsuccessful. In 1988 Norris took a case to the European Court of Human Rights to argue that Irish law was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The court, in the case of Norris v. Ireland, ruled that the criminalization of male homosexuality in the Republic violated Article 8 of the Convention, which guarantees the right to privacy in personal affairs. Eventually Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993 and Things have come a long way since. This is due on a large part to Norris, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese all who were major early LGBT rights campaigners in Ireland. On the 22nd May we have a chance to add to the ethos of the Proclamation and show Ireland as an equal society where every citizen matters. I want a society that everyone is equal and I hope you will join me and vote yes for Marriage Equality on May 22nd #sharethelove