The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN); the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL); and Marriage Equality, will launch Yes Equality, a joint campaign to encourage people to register to vote ahead of next year’s referendum on civil marriage equality at 11am tomorrow morning, Monday, 3rd November at the cross section of The Quad in University College Cork (UCC), Western Road, Cork.
Yes Equality will run until Tuesday, 25th November, the deadline for signing up to the 2015 Register of Electors. The initiative intends to raise awareness of this deadline and seeks to encourage people to tell their friends and families about the importance of being registered to vote.
The campaign will be launched by Eoin Murphy, goalkeeper for All-Ireland Hurling Champions, Kilkenny; and campaigner Joanne O’Riordan, featured in the documentary film ‘No Limbs No Limits’, and will be run in collaboration with local equality organisations across the country as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Students’ Unions and Trade Unions.
Ahead of the launch, Tiernan Brady of the ‘Yes Equality’ campaign, said:
“The upcoming referendum on equal access to civil marriage is a once-in-a-generation moment. Whilst the polls are very positive we cannot afford to be complacent. Decisions are made by people who turn up to vote. We encourage everybody to make their voice heard and change Ireland for the better for everyone by registering to vote.”