Same sex marriage 'strengthens institution of marriage'
WEXFORD GP and Deputy, Liam Twomey, says marriage equality is good for society and reinforces family values because it is about commitment. It benefits all of us.
'The Referendum on May 22 is about promoting, protecting and cherishing the institution of marriage and ensuring that all of us have the right to marry.
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'I don't believe that we can continue to exclude people from marrying on the basis of their sexual orientation. I know many people who are gay here in Wexford and beyond,' says Deputy Twomey.
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'I am not prepared to look them in the eye and tell them that they are second class citizens. I also know lots of people who have gay family members. Who am I to say that their son or daughter should be denied the right to marry the person they love?
'Opponents of same sex marriage frequently claim that it is a threat to the institution of marriage. I have tried and failed to understand this rationale.
'Spousal abuse, adultery, alcoholism - these are all issues which are a threat to marriage. Two people who love each other entering into a lifelong commitment is not a threat to marriage.
'Far from it being a threat, I'd say that same sex marriage strengthens the institution of marriage because it makes it accessible to a significant portion of society which up to now has been excluded from marrying. Marriage equality benefits all of us because society is stronger when we commit to each other and support each other.
'Some people have expressed surprise that Fine Gael is so engaged in the campaign to introduce marriage equality. I would argue that supporting marriage equality is entirely consistent with a Party that strongly values family and community.
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There is nothing to fear from extending this right to all couples. It won't affect existing marriages in any way. Neither will it in any way affect the institution of marriage or the rights of married couples. The referendum will have no impact whatsoever on children. It solely relates to the right of two people of the same sex to marry.
We live in a Republic. Our forebearers fought to have that right and to secure it for us and future generations. The Constitution of our Republic states clearly that we are all equal under the law. It guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens. It couldn't be clearer. A yes vote on May 22 nd will ensure this right is vindicated. I believe that the essential decency of people will ensure that we do this.