Marriage Equality referendum – readers’ poll

equality-voteLast year, IMPACT’s biennial delegate conference voted unanimously to support a ‘yes’ vote in a future referendum on marriage equality. A referendum is now due to take place in May this year.

Sinead Costello of the union’s Sligo branch said it was not reasonable to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. “The state is effectively saying it does not value, respect or acknowledge the status of same-sex couples in the same way as heterosexual couples. Opinion polls tell us that the vast majority of the public believe in marriage equality for gay people. This is an issue for IMPACT members whether gay or straight,” she said.

The union’s equal opportunities officer Pat Fallon said the union would work with other civil society groups on the issue: “Same sex marriage is a trade union issue. IMPACT is against oppression and discrimination,” he said.

In this special poll, we’re asking readers of the IMPACT ebulletin how you intend to vote in the referendum. Taking part in the poll is anonymous and is hosted via the Survey Monkey website.

Take part in the poll here (via Survey Monkey)


IMPACT’s youth committee is organising a fundraising event, ‘The First Great Annual IMPACT Quiz’ in aid of Marriage Equality, which will take place on Thursday 16th April at 7pm in Dublin. A city centre venue will be confirmed shortly and we’ll have more details in the next edition of the ebulletin.

The trade union campaign for Marriage Equality will be launched by Congress on 13th February at 6pm in Liberty Hall. The launch event, entitled ‘Love and Pride’, will include a screening of the feature film Pride,  based on the true story about a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984.