For Your Consideration: #VoteYes



A ten minute preview of a timely LGBT documentary

As part of the final assignment for her TV and Film Production course in Galway Technical Institute, Ali Ganley chose to make a documentary to show a more personal side to the Yes Equality campaign for the marriage referendum.

She focused on two local musicians Katie O’Connor and Steven Sharpe (top).

This ten minute preview of #VoteYes was screened at Galway’s Little Cinema night in the Roisin Dubh last month and was “met with a heart-warming and enthusiastic response.”

But don’t take their word for it.

Full UNCUT documentary here

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23 thoughts on “For Your Consideration: #VoteYes

  1. newsjustin

    The 10 minute teaser is littered with YES staples such as “I don’t even think there should be a referendum”, “silly referendum”, “no-brainer to vote YES”, etc.

    Also, Steven is wrong to claim that Ireland is the first country in the world to vote on SSM. Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia have all had referendums. Those countries voted against redefining marriage – polling 55%, 65% and 95% respectively.

      1. newsjustin

        Actually those % are entirely wrong (never trust the internet). But my point is – Ireland’s not the first country to have a referendum on SSM.

    1. rotide

      You’re spinning a bit there. The slovakian one was the 95% one (not the croatian as you implied) wasn’t deemed legally binding as the turnout was less than 20%.

      Thanks for making me educate myself though.

      1. Don Pidgeoni

        Spinning like Ronan himself, All of them had less than a third of registered voters…. only 21% in Slovakia! Hardly the landslide news is making it out to be.

        1. newsjustin

          So if the Yes side win with a 21% turnout on May 22nd, the result will be meaningless in your eyes?

          1. newsjustin

            But they didn’t. 79% chose to abstain, 21% were motivated to vote. That’s democracy.
            If the turnout here is 21% (unlikely) or 41% or 61% or 91%, the result will still be valid and stand – as long as those who don’t vote CHOOSE not to vote.

          2. Don Pidgeoni

            And democracy is that 21% being considered invalid as at least 50% of the population need to vote for it to be valid.

            Of course Ireland has no such limit (way to think things through guys) but the turnout will be much higher given the amount of debate around it.

      2. newsjustin

        No problem. Main point is that SSM has been put to referendums before – and always been defeated.

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          Except for in Maine, Maryland and Washington where it passed right news?

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            Are you sure you aren’t Ronan? You willfully misrepresent things and make outrageous statements that aren’t based on fact just like him.

          2. newsjustin

            My basic point, overhyped admittedly is that Stephen (the guy in the video) is wrong. Ireland isn’t the first country to have a referendum 9n SSM.

            And my last point (freak states) was just a Family Guy reference.

    2. ReproBertie

      Croatia had a referendum in 2013 where they were asked to change the constitution to recognise marriage as existing only between a man and a woman. Of the 37.9% of the electorate that voted, just under 66% voted in favour of the referendum. 66% is not 95%.

      In Slovakia a vote to strengthen the ban on same sex marriage had a turnout of just 21.4%. 90% of those that turned out voted in favour of the ban as the trunout was short of the 50% required for the ballot to be valid the vote failed. 90% is not 95%.

      in Slovenia in 2012 55% voted against a referendum which would have given gay couples the same marriage rights as straight couples. The Slovenian government is currently in the process of introducing legislation which will grant those rights but the constitutional court is deliberating on whether a referendum is required or not. 55% is not 95%.

      1. newsjustin

        Thanks ReproBertie.

        66%, 90% and 55% against SSM it is. Thanks for clearing it up. The Slovakia one doesn’t count, as you say, as most people couldn’t be bothered.

    3. rotide

      We will be the first state to grant it via referendum. Looking forward to that, mainly because its the right thing but I won’t like, also to shove it down the throats of the ‘this is such a backwards little nation’ shite talkers.

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