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Sunday 4 December 2016

Marriage Referendum: I'm honoured my first vote will be for gay marriage, says Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan pictured with Eamon Farrell at the launch the Yes Equality Your Yes Matters campaign under the clock at Clerys on O'Connell Street. She is encouraging people to get out and vote Yes in the Marriage Referendum on May 22.
Saoirse Ronan pictured with Eamon Farrell at the launch the Yes Equality Your Yes Matters campaign under the clock at Clerys on O'Connell Street. She is encouraging people to get out and vote Yes in the Marriage Referendum on May 22.

Shoppers, tourists and workers were canvassed by Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan on O'Connell Street yesterday for a 'Yes' vote in Friday's same-sex marriage referendum.

The 21-year-old was on hand to launch the Yes Equality 'Your Yes Matters get out the vote' campaign, alongside Colin Farrell's brother, Eamon, and his husband, Steven Mannion.

Speaking at the launch, Saoirse said this is an opportunity for her generation to create a fair and equal society.

"I'm really excited about it and I'm really honoured that my first vote is going to be a 'Yes' vote for marriage equality," she said.

"If it's a 'Yes' vote it means we're standing with the best of them.

"We're forward-thinking, we're fair, we're just and we're equal. If we don't, then we're none of those things and I would be extremely disappointed."

The Grand Budapest Hotel star added that if anyone in her family were to come out as gay, she would be supportive and would want them to have all the rights she has.

RIGHTS

"We need to be a modern country, especially for my generation. If my kid comes to me and says that he or she is gay, I want them to have the same rights as anyone else," she said.

"I've always said that I don't think people can really complain about the present situation if they haven't voted.

"This is something that will change our futures and define our generation. If we don't vote, it's on us."

Eamon and husband Steven said they want to know there'll be safety there if something were to happen to one of them.

"I'm 15 years older than Steven and some day in our lives, Steven will be on his own. I really want him to have the constitutional protection that a marriage will afford him," Eamon said.

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