Why we’ll never support Amnesty International

The Irish Times 24 March 2015
Amnesty International has launched its campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on marriage equality.

The referendum on whether to allow marriage between gay couples takes place on Friday, May 22nd.

Former government minister Pat Carey described the referendum as unique in Ireland, because “it is an exercise in civic engagement which has not been tried before”.

Mr Carey, who recently came out as gay, said the Constitutional Convention had recommended a referendum on marriage equality.

“The Government and Oireachtas adopted that and it is now over to the people of Ireland to make their judgment on what I believe has the potential to be a watershed moment in Ireland.”

But he warned that Yes voters could not be taken for granted and “many of them may still need to be reassured”.

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