Thursday, May 14, 2015

Miles to go

In this video, employees of Google Ireland make statements in support of marriage equality, as other employees have done. However, it was made with a clear eye on the upcoming referendum in the Republic of Ireland, and Google supports a YES vote. While I wish the video was explicit in endorsing a YES vote. I do think the message is implicit.

Meanwhile, Twitter Ireland employees have been canvassing door-to-door and raising money for Yes Equality, on top of the company's corporate support for marriage equality.

We've come a long way.

However, today we also learned that the long-term dictator of the Gambia promised to "slit the throats" of gay people and to hunt down and catch any man who wants to marry another man and "no one will ever set eyes on you again". He also declared, “no white person can do anything about it,” which is ironic since white evangelicals from the USA are the main driver and funder of the wave of anti-LGBT hatred and government oppression in Africa.

The world has a LONG way to go.

But the forces of good are stronger that the forces of hatred, so I’m ending this post on a positive note, with two videos I originally shared on Facebook. They feature Irish expats, who don’t get to vote in the referendum but who want to make their support for marriage equality clear. The top video is from New York City, the bottom one is from Canada.

The Irish referendum in May 22.

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