THE civil marriage equality referendum in May is a “once in a generation moment” for the people of Ireland, Donegal footballer Eamon McGee said on Monday at the launch of the national Yes Equality ‘Pledge to Vote’ campaign.
The Donegal ace has lent his support to this latest Yes Equality nationwide voter engagement initiative in advance of the May poll on marriage equality. The campaign’s voter registration drive last November added 40,000 names to the electoral register, the largest amount in recent history and the coming month will see a nationwide call to citizens to pledge to vote in May.
The launch of the national Yes Equality ‘Pledge to Vote’ initiative took place today at an outdoor photocall on the football grounds of Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Monday.
Speaking at the Yes Equality ‘Pledge to Vote’ launch in Letterkenny, Eamon McGee said: “The civil marriage equality referendum will be a chance to make a critical decision about the future of the country, and especially for our gay and lesbian friends, families and loved ones. But this once in a generation decision will only be made by people who show up on polling day. We call on all citizens across Ireland including first time voters to pledge to vote in May and to have their voices heard.”
Tiernan Brady of Yes Equality said: “There is growing anticipation across Irish society about the marriage equality referendum in May. Our voter registration drive in November received a phenomenal response, with tens of thousands of people registering to vote for the first time.
“The polls show a clear majority in favour of marriage equality in Ireland but the only poll that really counts is the one that takes place on the 22nd of May. Yes Equality asks all those who care about the outcome of this once in a generation referendum to pledge to vote, and to make their voices heard.”