Marriage equality, what’s the point?
On Friday, 22 May, the country will vote on whether the Irish constitution should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. If passed, it would mean same-sex couples could take part in a civil wedding, which won’t affect a church’s right towards marriage.
Ultimately this vote is about changing the wording of the constitution. It means that if passed, same-sex couples would be regarded equally to opposite-sex couples in the eyes of the law.
What is equality?
Equality, means just that, everyone is treated the same way.
While on the surface this sounds like common-sense, unfortunately, in many ways we live in a very unequal world.
But, this shouldn’t stop us striving to try and make it a more balanced place to live, whatever that means to us.
We’re all human
It’s sometimes very difficult to understand somebody else’s point of view. This is especially true if their opinion or behaviour conflicts with your own beliefs and experiences.
But, the one truth is that we’re all human, even if that’s sometimes hard to admit! We’ve all grown up in different circumstances, cultures and societal conditioning, however we are all part of the same species.
What size are you?
That old saying, don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, is particularly relevant when divisive issues are being discussed.
Just considering why someone has a different viewpoint can make it easier to relate to them.
None of this means anyone should accept bullying or intimidation and everyone deserves respect and to be treated as they would wish to be.
We all have a right to opinion. But, if everyone was a little more mindful towards others, communication and relations would be far more manageable.
We might even re-think some of our long held opinions and beliefs.
If you’re not in…
In the words of the lotto – if you’re not in, you can’t win. The same applies to casting your vote, if you don’t take part, you lose the chance to fight for what you believe in.
Although it might feel like one vote won’t make a difference, in actuality, it will. Check out this video our friends at BelongTo made in relation to voting.
What if I’m not registered?
Don’t worry, there’s still time to register. There’s plenty of information available on whether you’re eligible to vote and how to go about registering if you still need to.