Musicians Lend Their Support To Marriage Equality!

16 09 2012

Some of Ireland’s top musicians will come together on Bank Holiday Sunday, October 28th for a fundraiser in support of Marriage Equality’s campaign for civil marriage rights for same sex couples.  The gig, called Just Love: The Gig For Marriage Equality, will be held at the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dublin, and features artists such as Royseven, This Club, Bitches With Wolves, Element, Brian Kennedy, and The Heathers.  MC for the evening is Sean Munsanje.

“We are absolutely delighted to have the support of everyone involved in this incredible event to help us raise not only funds for our campaign, but awareness of the continued, urgent need for equality for all Irish families,” said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith.  “With a fantastic line up of the cream of Ireland’s talent and a beautiful venue to boot, we know this event will be a huge success. This is another step towards changing Ireland for the better, to make it a fairer place for all families, a place which cherishes love between two people irrespective of gender or sexuality.”

Singer and The Voice of Ireland judge Brian Kennedy said he was very happy to be part of the event: “I am a supporter of Marriage Equality, because the clue is in the title. Civil partnership is anything but equal and a loving couple, be it two women or two men deserve the right to marry if they wish. It’s a basic human right as far as I’m concerned.”

Band Royseven also lent their support commenting: “At its core it must be remembered that the Marriage Equality movement is about the importance of living in a world where all humans are considered equal. We are all different, so let’s treat each other the same.”

James O’Neill, Bitches with Wolves said: “As a proudly gay man, Marriage Equality and equal rights for all are two causes that I hold very deep. I am over the moon to be able to do my part to help such a worthy cause and look forward to whipping up a storm in the Mansion House.”

“We are delighted with the support we have received from all the performers who have so generously offered their services free of charge,” added Ms Griffith.  “It’s events like this that really make a difference to our fund-raising efforts and enable us to continue to fight for equality for same sex couples and families”

Tickets for the gig will go on sale from Ticketmaster next week and cost €35 (excluding booking fee).  Doors at the Mansion House will open at 7.30pm.


South Dublin County Council Votes Unanimously In Favour of Marriage Equality!

11 09 2012

10.09.12 – Dublin:

*Today Marriage Equality welcomed news that South Dublin County Council unanimously passed two motions in support of civil marriage for same sex couples.  The motions were proposed by Labour and Sinn Fein councillors, including the Mayor of South Dublin County Council,
Cathal King. The council joins Dublin City Council, who passed a similar motion last week; Cork and Belfast City Councils, who passed similar
motions in June; as well as Omagh, Down, Moyle, Newry and Magherafelt District Councils who passed motions during the summer months.

“This is a wonderful step by South Dublin County Council to raise awareness of this important issue at a local level. We’d like to thank all
councillors involved for their initiative, and our supporters in South Dublin who spoke to their councillors over the last few months about
raising the issue,” said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith. “Marriage equality is not just a national issue, it’s a local one. It’s
about respecting and protecting loving couples and families who are  part of our communities and treating them as equal. That is why putting the issue on the agenda at local level is so important.”

Last week, Dublin City councillors voted in favour of a motion supporting  marriage equality by a total of 38 votes to 4, while Cork City Council’s
motion passed unanimously in June. Local authorities across Ireland have resumed their sessions this month. During the summer, councillors from city and county councils around Ireland were in contact with Marriage Equality about plans to bring their own motions of support forward in the coming months.

“We are delighted at the response we’ve received from councils around the country,” added Ms Griffith. “In the coming weeks, we look forward to seeing a dramatic rise in the number of local authorities voicing their support for marriage equality, and sending a powerful message from their communities to the Government that same sex couples, our families and our children deserve equality. With 73% popular support, including TDs,  government ministers and local authorities, the time for marriage equality is now.”


7 09 2012


07.09.2012 – Dublin:  Today Marriage Equality welcomed a commitment by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to closely examine the issue of gender recognition for transgender people this autumn.  The minister was speaking at the opening of the 4th European Transgender Council in Dublin, hosted by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

Speaking from today’s launch, Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith welcomed the minister’s comments, but expressed reservations: “Although we are delighted to hear that Minister Burton intends to closely examine the issue of gender recognition, the proposed Gender Recognition Scheme published in July last year excludes candidates who are married or in a civil partnership.  This means that transgender individuals in loving marriages, civil partnerships and families could be forced to make the agonising choice between having their true gender recognised, or their relationship.”

“For these individuals, official recognition of their true gender will mean separation, divorce, and splitting up families.  No one should ever have to make that choice.  We are calling on the Government to begin the Constitutional Convention without delay, so that the issue of marriage equality can be addressed, and same sex couples and families can be protected equally under the law.”

Marriage Equality have worked with TENI to highlight the ways in which allowing same sex couples access to civil marriage would benefit couples and families in Ireland.  TENI had previously argued that the proposed Gender Recognition Scheme was contrary to a recent Council of Europe report dealing with gender recognition that encourages the separation of marriage from the legal recognition process.

“We have seen such amazing progress in the past few years on the issue of marriage equality,” added Ms Griffith. “In the case of transgender people, it is more important than ever that the marriage ban for same sex couples is removed without delay.  In modern Ireland, with 73% of the public in support of marriage equality, no one should be forced to choose between having their
true gender recognised, and their family.”

So who missed our 2012 Pride Festival Special???

3 07 2012

If you missed our 2012 Pride Festival special on Sunday, July 1st don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! And if you’re in work, pop the earphones on, have a sneaky listen and get your chair dance on!

You can check out all the cool music and our chats with Monnine Griffith from Marriage Equality, Labour TD John Lyons, Shawna Scott from the Big Gay Wedding Project and Sgt. Paul Franey from the European Gay Police Association!

To listen back to the show head to the Show Recording link above or click the image!

Coming up on Sunday’s *Pride Time* show – July 1st!

1 07 2012

Well we hope everyone has had a Happy Pride so far!

As every week is Pride Time on the show we’ve been busy over the last few weeks doing interviews and covering this year’s 2012 Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival!

So coming up on today’s Pride Time (freq. 90.3fm) from 5.30-6.30pm July 1st,  join Sinéad NíChonaill as she will be going through the coverage of the festival including interviews with Shawna Scott from the Big Gay Wedding Project, Monnine Griffith from Marriage Equality, Labour TD John Lyons and to Sgt. Paul Franey from the European Gay Police Association!

You can stream the show live from here!