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Ireland gay groups warn pro-same-sex marriage polls could be deceptive

Ireland gay groups warn pro-same-sex marriage polls could be deceptive

Ireland gay groups have warned that while polls are positive the country will soon get same-sex marriage, they could be deceptive.

Recent surveys have shown a majority of Irish citizens in every age group, in every region of the country, across every social class and across every political party believe gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married.

In May this year, there will be a referendum allowing people to vote for equal marriage rights.

Andrew Hayland, co-director of Marriage Equality, has said: ‘The biggest threat is our supporters taking these figures as fact and bowing out of voting.’

Brian Sheehan, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, agrees, saying high poll numbers may create ‘a sense that the deed is done’.

He has told Gay Star News he expects to see the polls narrow when the referendum campaign starts.

‘This has been the pattern in most referendums in Ireland over the last number of years,’ he said.

‘We hope that everyone will realize that if they want lesbian and gay people have equal citizenship, they will need to vote. A high turnout will be essential to winning the referendum.’

He added the referendum passing would be the culmination of a 20-year campaign for equal citizenship for lesbian and gay people in Ireland.

‘It will be a firm foundation on which lesbian and gay people can feel full and equal citizens, and fully participate in every aspect of Irish society.’