Marriage Equality In Ireland Essay

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A major real consequence of the campaign is the passing of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. The first introduction of a proposal to recognise unions of same-sex couples was in 2004 and since then the major opposition to it eventually faded, the public opinion shifting in support of it and allowing for the majority to pose a considerably large majority of the population calling for a change. Civil partnership allows the recognition of same-sex couples and provision of some rights, responsibilities and protections to these couples. This would not be possible if activist groups did not campaign for the endorsement of same-sex marriage.

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Social issues, such as this, may arise and the opponents of same-sex relationships may use this to reason that it will only bring more problems for the future generations. Even though Ireland is the more liberal-minded country in Europe, it still has traditions and their identity is rooted in religion. Thus, the old ways will always be ingrained in people’s values despite their acceptance and tolerance of same-sex marriage. Any arising problems out of this will push people to revert back to their old perspectives. The reason for them to accept same-sex marriage is to provide equality and if there are issues that arose from providing the same rights and laws to same-sex couples, then the statutory differences are justified for the protection of the future generation. This relates back to the concept of identity because the social structure of Ireland is predetermined by the society’s history and the need to change it is for the development of an equal-based national identity.

Another potential consequence of the legislation of same-sex marriage act is the improvement of parental prospects for same-sex couples. This is because many believe the injustice of no constitutional recognition to same-sex couples as parents of adopted children. The fact that same-sex couples can foster children but not adopt them is unjust and this campaign aims for the law to catch with the people of Ireland. There are many same-sex couples who foster children and the law preventing them to adopt is one of the statutory differences between civil partnership and civil marriage the activist groups are trying to rectify.

The Marriage Equality campaign has been very successful and is still an on-going project. It has been very effective in gathering support for the policy change as the polls dictates and the growing involvement of the public to the social actions it undertook. A strength of the campaign was the marches and demonstrations to raise awareness of the issue of equality. This includes the social actions of “Just Love?” and “We are Family”. In mobilising large scale marches, it publicised the campaign and people became more aware of how much Ireland needs to have same-sex marriages when it was clearly needed in a society filled with hoping same-sex couples to gain the same rights everyone else has. Furthermore, another strength of the campaign is the formation of its own website where every information on their progress is compiled. People can easily navigate the website to look for their social actions, facts and figures, the campaign’s mission and vision and the influences it has on the public. The easy access to information allows the people to quickly spread the message. For example, viewpoints are posted and appeals to the public such as Martha, “I felt that being gay was a defect, one in which Irish society would not accept and as a result I battled with years of self-hatred and depression. It was not until I came out that I realised that this was not the...

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