Sinn Féin Councillor and Mayor of South County Dublin, Fintan Warfield, has welcomed support for his motion for the extension of equal marriage rights to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

Speaking after the motion was passed by a majority of 34-1, Mayor Warfield said:

“I truly welcome the support for the motion on marriage equality.

“The LGBT community is still marginalised in the Ireland of today and we must work towards changing that.

“Support for marriage equality and for the passing of the referendum next spring is pivotal.

“Imagine for one moment the message a yes vote would send to those coming to terms with their sexuality – students in school who are afraid to tell their peers about their feelings for another person of the same sex.

“Imagine for one moment the message a yes vote in the upcoming referendum would send to those couples who have waited their whole lives to register on the books of this state, their love for one another.

“It would provide constitutional recognition and protection to LGBT families.

“This referendum is about equality. It is about the LGBT community being afforded the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.

“This referendum is about love. It is about two people sharing in the ups and downs of life.

 “This referendum is about change. It is about changing people’s attitudes toward the LGBT people in their lives and to encourage of acceptance and understanding.

“These issues are relevant, they shape people’s lives and that is why a yes vote in the upcoming referendum is vitally important for Irish society”.