Last November, when my wife and I married, it was a moment of joy and reflection. We were surrounded by friends and family acknowledging the love we had for one another. The year leading up to this, we recognised the privileged position we were in - having the choice to marry someone you love.

When I thought about friends and family members who were not entitled to marry the person they love, because they were of the same sex, I acknowledged my privilege. To quote Panti - "I checked myself." As a white, married, educated, employed and straight man, I have plenty of privileges - special rights or advantages over other citizens.

This feels wrong. I don't want to re-enforce inequality in Ireland. If one person is unequal in our society, then we all are, so it is up to the majority to stand with the minority.

The referendum in May on extending the right to marriage to same-sex couples is a step towards greater equality in Ireland. It also has no impact on my life and my marriage to my wife. Life will go on as it is, but my yes vote allows other people to have the same opportunity to marry, and more importantly will be a symbol that every person in Ireland should be treated equally.

I am straight up for equality.
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