The incoming TDCSU President’s children emphasised the significance of the diversity of the family unit.
Incoming Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Students' Union President, Lynne Ruane, has weighed in on the fast approaching Marriage Equality Referendum by creating a moving video in support of a Yes vote.
As part of the Thank You Ireland campaign, Ruane’s two daughters, Jordanne and JaeLynne, highlighted the importance of the diversity of families as they pledged their support for a Yes vote on May 22nd.
The video emphasises the fact that they have not been negatively impacted because they were brought up in a one parent household, showing that they were always, “happy, healthy and loved.”
The heart-warming video, published on the 23rd of April, was entitled “Marriage Equality: Won’t Some-body think of the children!” and has since garnered over 9,000 views.
Posting the video online, Ruane wrote, “Huge Thank you to @LeanneFay1 for shooting our video. Great response so far.”
The Thank You Ireland campaign aims to provide young people, who are not yet eligible to vote, with the opportunity to have their voices heard in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.
Reacting online, they expressed how overjoyed they were after having seen the video.
“The incredible Lynn Ruane from TCD Students' Union and her two daughters have produced this heart-warming video. Unfortunately, neither of them can vote, but they've really made their voices heard,” the statement read.
The inspiring video also drew immense praise from many across social media.
“Oh this is very good. G'wan @LynnToWin,” tweeted Petah.
“Won't somebody think of the children". Beautiful video by @LynnToWin children. #YesEquality #MarRef,” another tweet read.
Senator Katherine Zappone also wrote: “@LynnToWin Awesome video from two beautiful daughters growing up with the extraordinary love of one parent. #YesEquality.”
Michelle Byrne praised the message behind the video. “Great video with @LynnToWin's daughters on how families are diverse & not always a mam & dad,” Michelle commented.
Dublin South's campaign group, promoting a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum, also reacted to the video online. “Have you seen this heart -warming video from @LynnToWin & her amazing daughters? #MarRef #FamilyMatters,” they tweeted.
Many were also impressed with the participation of Ruane’s children in the video.
“Whatever you watch today, watch @LynnToWin's daughters powerful contribution to the Yes campaign #MarRef #YesEquality,” Colm O’Gorman wrote online.
“Canvassers tells us No posters have angered single parent households, @LynnToWin ’s daughters counter the nonsense,” Noel Whelan commented.
Irish Times journalist, Róisin Ingle also had her say. “Great parenting matters. Love matters. This is brilliant: RT @LynnToWin: #MarRef In support of diverse families,” Ingle said.
Una Mullally, also of the Irish Times, voiced her opinion on the video. “Stop slagging off families just because they don't fit a narrow definition! No family is the same,” Mullally wrote.
Thank You Ireland is just one initiative organised by Trinity College in support of a Yes vote in the approaching referendum, with the #Ringyourgranny campaign, which was launched back in March, also garnering a massive reaction, having garnered over 50,000 views since its release on YouTube.