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Colin Farrell to call on Ireland to vote for same-sex marriage in TV interview

Colin Farrell to call on Ireland to vote for same-sex marriage in TV interview

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.

The actor, who stars in the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective series, said last year that it’s ‘insane’ his gay brother couldn’t wed his husband Steven Mannion in Ireland. The pair married in Canada six years ago.

‘What Colin wanted to do, really, was to quell the fears that some people have about marriage equality ruining the idea of traditional marriage,’ Eamon was quoted as saying in a report.

‘He wanted to say that marriage was about love and he wanted to hold up my own marriage as an example of how the world hasn’t stopped turning since we got married six years ago.’

Colin, who wrote an open letter last year urging Irish people to vote for gay marriage equality, said, ‘The forthcoming referendum is so personal to me. It’s about inclusion. It’s about fairness.’

‘It’s about giving our lesbian and gay brother and sisters back a right that should never have been stolen from them in the first place.

He said in the letter about his brother and his husband, ‘They are about the healthiest couple I know. They had to travel a little farther than down the aisle to make their vows, though, to Canada, where their marriage was celebrated.

‘This is why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE.’

Claire Byrne Live, a news and current affairs programme, debuts on RTÉ1 on Monday, 10.35pm.