Fine Gael LGBT public info
meeting on
referendum

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The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney will address a Fine Gael LGBT public information meeting about the forthcoming marriage equality referendum, this Thursday in Portlaoise.

The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney will address a Fine Gael LGBT public information meeting about the forthcoming marriage equality referendum, this Thursday in Portlaoise.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 12 in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise.

Along with Minister Coveneney, the meeting will also be addressed by Senator Eamonn Coghlan, as well as local and national LGBT representatives.

Other speakers include: Dr Fergus Ryan, law lecturer in NUI Maynooth; David Delaney from Yes Equality Laois; and Moninne Griffith of the YesEquality group.

The meeting will be the final of four such information meetings to have taken place around the country in order to help inform people about the upcoming referendum, which is due to take place on May 22.

“There is four of us spearheading the campaign in Laois and generally we have had a good response so far,” David Delaney explained.

“We just want to encourage as many people as possible to get out and vote. This is not about gay marriage, it’s about marriage.

We want to stir up a conversation among people and for people to tell us their story, whether it’s a mother or a father, sibling, son or daughter or someone in a same sex relationship, we want to hear their story.”

Along with David, leading the Yes vote for same sex marriage in Laois is Naomi Tuohy, Christine Graham and Aoife Brennan. They are also supported by the Laois LGBT Group.

Yes Equality Laois have also organised the screening of The Case Against 8 - a documentary on the epic five-year legal battle that overturned Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage in California in the Dunamaise Arts Theatre on March 18.

This will be followed by a Q&A in association with Laois LGBT Group chaired by Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy and Portlaoise Rector, Brian O’Rourke

Further info from Yes Equality Laois - 087 9423741 or yesequalitylaois@gmail.com.