ISPCC confirms its support for a Yes Vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has joined a coalition of organisations under the leadership of BeLongTo YES , Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT young people, to support a Yes Vote in the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.
The ISPCC, which provides a range of services to children and their parents- including the national Childline service- is collaborating with Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point and EPIC.
ISPCC Chief Executive Grainia Long said,
‘The ISPCC exists to ensure that children are afforded equal rights as citizens, to bring about a society in which all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential and to assert the rights of children as equal citizens. The referendum provides an opportunity to send a strong message to children and young people across Ireland that they are valued equally- irrespective of their sexual orientation.
The ISPCC is strongly of the view that marriage equality is a children’s issue and is in the best interests of children. Last year we saw Childline receive over 29,000 calls in relation to issues of sexuality.
Our experience of listening to and providing services to young people has demonstrated that those who are LGBT are directly and adversely impacted by a family law system in which rights to marry are restricted to heterosexual couples. Our practice shows that that children who are LGBT often feel excluded, isolated and under-valued; some are affected by bullying because of their sexuality. The Referendum gives us an opportunity to send a clear message to all children that they are valued and that treating them differently because of their sexuality, or the sexuality of someone in their household, is unacceptable. Children’s ability to grow up, form relationships and have those relationships recognised equally by the state is a vital factor in enabling all children to feel valued, and to feel comfortable talking about their sexuality. The ISPCC is pleased to be part of BeLonGTo YES and work with other national organisations to support a Yes Vote.’
For more information on the ISPCC's position towards the Marriage Equality Referendum click HERE