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One day to go until the kids get the day off of school, and the polling stations open. The marriage equality referendum has been tough on many, but what will endure, no matter what happens, is the community that the Yes vote has solidified.

New friends have been made on canvassing sessions. When vitriol has been spouted at hardworking activists, there have been people there to defend and protect them. The gardai have come out in support of the referendum, a couple of decades after the first gay liaison was appointed, being told by his superintendent, “Sure, we can always keep this between ourselves. You can go to a few meetings with them from time to time and no one will be any of the wiser.” Official Ireland and pushing-the-license-laws-just-a-lil-bit Ireland have been singing off the same hymn sheet, and it’s been surprising and amazing.

The badges on people’s jackets, the posters in windows, the selfless fundraisers; it’s been a revelation. We’re stereotyped as a generous people, but we’ve really proved it to ourselves.

This is about equality, protecting and loving each other, and recognising each others’ capacities for love, kindness and kinship. We’ll be voting. We urge you to as well. As Colm Toibin said in his talk last week at Trinity, when he quoted Kate O’Brien, this is about the embrace of love.

Who’s gonna need a hug after this? Kate or Michael


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