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Five Years ago Ireland went to the polling stations for Marriage Equality

Do you remember this day five years ago? Can you recall those feelings of anticipation, excitement, fear and hope as we went to the polling stations to vote for Marriage Equality?

Can you remember that magical feeling when 62% of Ireland said YES! I will never forget that moment and many special moments during the campaign.

One of these moments was when Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese joined the BeLonG To YES campaign and voiced her support for a Yes vote.

Today Dr McAleese shows her continued allyship and support in an op-ed in The Irish Times highlighting that Marriage Equality did not solve all problems for the LGBTI+ community. Dr McAleese talks about the hostile attitudes and behaviour that still make the lives of LGBT+ youths a misery.

The 62 per cent Yes vote was a good start, a big step into that future. It offered the LGBT+ community a firm sense of acceptance and gave LGBT+ young people the freedom to dream about a future untroubled by past attitudes and inequalities. The hope it generated cannot be underestimated but it left work to be done to make it real.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/mary-mcaleese-marriage-equality-did-not-end-rampant-homophobia-1.4259225

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