In front of the Department of an Taoiseach, a demonstration of a Rainbow Wedding will be led by UCD Students’ Union, the UCD LGBT Society and the Union of Students in Ireland at noon today.
There will be a rainbow wedding demonstration with two same sex couples and one heterosexual couple. The ceremonies will be officiated by John Logue, President Union of Students in Ireland’s. Representatives of UCD Students’ Union and LGBT youth activists will take part in the demonstration with a congregation of guests comprising of their student peers in support.
UCDSU and the Union of Students in Ireland believe that the time has come for equal access to civil marriage in Ireland. This event will reaffirm our commitment to campaigning for equal access to civil marriage in Ireland in the run up to LGBT Noise’s March for Marriage on August 12th which our members will be taking part in.
It will also serve as the platform from which USI will launch its yearlong campaign for marriage equality. At the recent National Congress, USI received a unanimous mandate from delegates to fight for full marriage equality. This wedding and USI’s participation in the LGBT Noise March for Marriage are the start of that campaign, which will grow throughout the year and will include lobbying of TDs by students and their representatives.
A recent survey conducted by UCD Students’ Union of over 900 UCD students found that:
· 43% of UCD students have questioned their own sexuality at some point
· 20% of UCD students identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual
· 89% of UCD students feel comfortable openly stating their sexuality
· 91% of UCD students support full equal marriage rights for same-sex couples
· 82% of UCD students support full adoption rights for same-sex couples.
UCDSU President Rachel Breslin said:
“With 91% in support, students are united in favour of equal marriage rights for all and the hope that our friends and peers of this generation will be able to marry the person they love, regardless of sexual orientation.”
USI President John Logue said:
“Students across Ireland are now unanimous in their call for marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. USI has a strong mandate to advocate for marriage equality and this event is just the start of a campaign that will escalate as the year goes on.
As ever, we find that the views of our members have evolved beyond the status quo in Leinster House. We will encourage our members to lobby their local TDs and tell them that they will accept nothing less than full marriage equality in Ireland.
The personal happiness and fulfilment of students is at stake and we will work to ensure that all are treated equally.”