"I don’t believe the polls for a single second because if you dig into them you can see that support is very soft. Most people in Ireland are very fair-minded so if you say to them ‘do you think gay people should be treated as everyone else?’ they will reply ‘yes, of course we do.’ But people in Ireland are also conservative and fearful of things they don’t really know or understand. And in Ireland it’s very easy to frighten the horses. Their campaign is based largely on fear and disinformation, and it is very easy to do that. If you have a lady from the country or even a city who has a gay cousin initially she might think ‘oh yes, I will vote for gay marriage’. But if she turns on the radio and hears all these fears expressed about children and that gays having the right to be married will take away a child’s right to a mother and father then that lady might think twice and have her doubts. That lady might just say she will vote just to keep things the way they are than vote for change." - Rory O'Neill
, aka drag legend Panti Bliss, speaking to the Guardian
. Ireland's marriage referendum is May 22nd.
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