Noise protests that Civil Marriage is the only equality option
Where: City Hall, Dublin to Department of Justice, St Stephen's Green, D2
When: Sunday 22 August 2010
Media Contact: Max Krzyzanowski/ Hazel Cullen
Despite repeated calls for the ban on Civil Marriage to be lifted by
the gay community, the Government has proceeded to sign into law the
Civil Partnership Act on July 19th. Angered and frustrated at this
Government attempt to pacify the gay community, LGBT Noise and up to
4,000 supporters took to the streets again on Sunday 22 August in the
'March for Marriage 2010'.
Speaking to an electric audience consisting of the gay community, plus
friends and family, Noise Organiser Max Krzyzanowski said 'Civil
Partnership excludes LGBT people from a fundamental civil and human
right and makes us second-class citizens. It does not
provide equality for gay people and their families. One of the
most outrageous aspects of the partnership scheme is the complete
lack of any rights for gay parents and their children'.
Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International was guest speaker on the day.
To those who believe the Civil Partnership will satisfy the gay
community O'Gorman said that this demonstration was a resounding
statement that we will keep protesting until true equality is
achieved. He urged the Government to 'cherish all the children of the
nation equally' by granting us full Civil Marriage rights.
Also in attendance will be members of gay community including
MarriagEquality, the youth group BelongTo, together with the Human
Rights organization Amnesty International.
The 2010 LGBT Noise March for Marriage, afforded everyone an
opportunity to stand up, make our voices heard, and demand full
equality through the granting of Civil Marriage. Noise believes that
even if partnership offered all the benefits of
marriage, it would still be discrimination, as a separate system
cannot be called equality.
Noise calls on the Irish Government to
follow the example of Spain, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Argentina,
Mexico, Iceland and listen to the voices of our community: full Civil
Marriage is the only equality option.
Noise is an independent non-party political group which is campaigning
for the provision of civil marriage for all people in Ireland,
irrespective of gender and sexual identity. It is an independent,
non-politically affiliated organisation and seeks to reach out to all
people, gay or straight, who believe in equality and human rights for
all (see lgbtNOISE|Gay Civil Marriage Now!