Ice-cream tycoons and general do-gooders Ben & Jerry’s wade in on the upcoming marriage referendum.
Elaine Verdon writes:
“Ahead of the vote, we’ve created a YES video in the hope of inspiring fans to use their vote. Through a series of scenarios from college to work, to the stage, to sport and more we’re literally spelled out how many times people say YES everyday and how easy it is to just say YES in the referendum on May 22nd.”
InterTech is a diversity forum I helped start last year. As a coalition of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and LinkedIn LGBT employees, it is intended as a platform to socialise and debate for LGBT employees and allies. We are hosting our third event in Facebook HQ next Thursday evening – and FREE tickets are available here.
We will be talking to managers from Paypal, Microsoft and Easons as well as Claire Farrell (VP of TENI) about their experience of parenthood through the lens of their LGBT identity. This video sets the backdrop; every family is different, so let’s celebrate those differences.
Roscommon artist Anne Rigney talks about imagining an Ireland where all are not equal i.e. now. Anne wants her son, Daragh, and his partner, Lior, to have the same rights as her daughter, Cara. She has written a short piece asking other parents to imagine being in a situation like hers and the result is a reflective and thought-provoking call for any parent to vote Yes in May…
District Judge Isobel Brownlie told Belfast County Court she wanted to give full consideration to the evidence which was presented over three days.
The judge said: “It is not a straightforward area of the law.Obviously this is a case in which I propose to reserve my judgement.”
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland took the case against Ashers Bakery on behalf of the gay rights activist whose cake order was refused. Ashers is run by the McArthur family, declined the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage. It had been ordered for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia last May.
From left: Grainne Healy, Chairperson of Marriage Equality, Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN and Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
Three grand marshals?
2015 will be a momentous year in Irish history, as the Marriage Equality Referendum seeks to move Ireland towards a future of equal citizenship, where civil marriage would be open to all. Irrespective of outcome, Dublin Pride has moved to celebrate this historic year and the efforts being made toward positive change, by announcing the 2015 festival theme as The Future is Equal.
In keeping with this one of a kind year, Dublin Pride has also announced not one, but three Grand Marshals to lead TheFutureisEqual Dublin Pride Festival for 2015. Grainne Healy, Chairperson of Marriage Equality, Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN [Gay and lesbian Equality Network] and Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, have all been chosen for their organisation’s outstanding contribution to the 2015 Yes Equality campaign and the positive and equal future it promotes….