Following a momentous weekend in Irish history, the Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield thanked all those who came out to vote on the referendum for marriage equality.
Cllr. Warfield said;
This campaign, led by Yes Equality has seen such positive representations of the LGBT+ community. Our stories and identity have been so proudly visible over the last number of months. That visibility will only make it easier to grow up gay in Ireland.
What started as an issue about LGBT+ identity so many months ago became an issue of Irish identity.
Saturday was a day for those of us who keep our secrets for too long, those of us who have been victims of homophobia, and the disproportionally high number of LGBT+ young people taking their own lives.
On many occasions I found this campaign difficult and emotional. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the thousands of campaigners who took to doorsteps in every community across this state. Some for the first time, others in more common territory but crucially, those who returned to their home towns to express their identity to neighbours and communicate the importance of marriage equality.
Yes Equality campaigners and those who may have played even the smallest role deserve massive credit and respect.
We spoke to the young, the old, the religious, the working class, all of whom came out in support of a yes vote.
The Irish people are a fair people, we were ready for marriage equality and that message shone through polling cards across the twenty six counties.