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Why Marriage Equality Matters


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulist”, Panti, shares her experience of the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people. Panti expresses her thoughts on navigating a world in which the simple act of holding hands can be a political statement in itself.

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King

We want the right to marry for many reasons; the same ones shared by opposite-sex couples: to publicly celebrate our commitment, to provide greater legal protection for each other and our children, and simply because we love each other.

Marriage inequality fosters discrimination in other areas. It sends a message that our relationships are of less value and that we are less capable of love and commitment.

Marriage Equality will improve our lives and the lives of all LGBT Americans by helping to ensure equal treatment and increasing public awareness and support.

“I’m talking about a moral deficit. I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m talking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.”
– Sen. Barack Obama, MLK Day 2008

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