John M. Becker

Colin Farrell Passionately Backs Marriage in Ireland

Filed By John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Colin Farrell, gay marriage, Ireland, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

colin-farrell-2015.jpgAs the nation of Ireland prepares to hold a referendum on marriage equality this spring, popular Irish actor Colin Farrell, who has a gay brother, is speaking out passionately for the freedom to marry.

He appeared Monday evening on Irish national public broadcaster RTÉ and shared his feelings on the issue. Farrell said:

"I carry Ireland with me everywhere I go, and I love my country deeply. This is my coming out of the closet as it were publicly and saying that I support this vote with every fiber of my being."

Watch, after the break.

Polls show that a clear majority of Irish voters support marriage equality, but activists are warning them not to be complacent -- polls in advance of a 2012 children's referendum showed 80% in favor, but only 58% actually voted for it on election day.

In related news, the Irish government released the wording of the referendum question today. Via RTÉ:

The wording of the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage has been published by the Government.

It proposes to add to the Constitution a declaration that "marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex".

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the wording is clear and precise, and gives a right to every citizen who wishes to get married.

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