Dublin LGBTQ Pride festival is partnering up with Lush shops on Henry Street and Grafton Street to encourage people to vote at the forthcoming Irish referendum on same sex marriage.
This is the second year in a row that Lush and Dublin Pride have collaborated to raise awareness about the issue. Last year they worked collaboratively on the Sweet Smell of Equality campaign to collect over 3,000 signatures for a petition calling for the referendum - and guess what? It worked. Scheduled for early 2015, residents from the Republic of Ireland can now vote by signing up here or with a postal ballot. A spokesperson from the Marriage Equality advocacy group explains: “Ireland is ready. In 2007 56% of Irish people supported marriage equality, now 74% of people do.”
From Friday 20th until Saturday 29th June all sales (minus VAT) of Lush Charity Pot at the Henry Street and Grafton Street shops will go directly towards funding Dublin Pride Festival 2015. Shop staff will also be on hand during the weekend celebrations to answer questions about the vote, and the difference between civil partnership and marriage. Below are a few interesting facts from Marriage Equality's report sent to the 2013 constitutional convention:
- A civil marriage takes place in a registry office or other approved venue and has nothing to do with religion.
- There are 160 statutory differences between civil marriage and civil partnership which means when it comes to starting a family or buying a house civil partnerships aren’t accepted under some of the current legislation.
- Housing relief grants are provided where a house is severely damaged by fire, flood or other tragedies. In assessing the level of grant the hardship endured by a spouse is taken into account. Not so for civil partners, their relationship doesn’t exist as far as this State support is concerned.
Are you an citizen of the Republic of Ireland? Register here to vote in the equal marriage referendum.
Dublin Pride takes place all over the city from 14th - 29th June, check out the full event listing
Read an interview with LGBTQ activist Peter Tatchell
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