This Irish marriage equality ad will melt you 17



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With the results on the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum still unknown at this time, we simply have to share with you this incredible advertisement designed to encourage people to cross the generational divide on the subject.  The ad is one of a series of short videos that have been used to promote the event and encourage people to vote.

The generation gap in the same sex marriage debate is, according to American Pollsters, Gallup, the largest issue to overcome with American data showing that many over 65 still remain opposed to the shift in attitudes.  And 65 is not a generation that can be dismissed these  days as old or irrelevant.  Increasingly, we are seeing people stand up and take notice of this generation and increase the reach to them directly.

As one blogger said, “These are our aunts and uncles, our mentors, and our teachers. It’s also a generation that remembers an era when homosexuality was still something best kept to oneself.”


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Video didn’t work, but I’ve always believed in equality, and I don’t believe there is even a right to a referendum. I could never look someone in the eye and say “you don’t deserve a legal relationship like me”. It’s a shameful thing to believe. It’s straight people who have gay children, they are not a different species for heavens sake.

  2. As the mum of a gay daughter, the sooner she and her partner can have the same legal rights as any married couple the happier I will be. They have had a “commitment ceremony” but do not have equal rights with heterosexual couples.

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