As I write this, I am overwhelmed to notice that it has been exactly 777 days since the people of Ireland voted in favour of marriage equality by a whopping 62%. It’s hard to believe it was over two years since this most momentous of days! I still remember the scenes at Dublin Castle like they were only yesterday, and each time I remember it makes me smile with the utmost pride.
Since this date, Drangan Video has been absolutely honoured to be a part of numerous marriages between couples that fought hard for this result for many years. Just this month alone we will be celebrating 3 same sex marriages with couples who no longer need to struggle to have their love recognised. This makes us very happy indeed!
In most of my blog posts I talk about trends, recommend venues or give advice for the lead up to the big day. I would like to take a departure from that today and reflect upon what the past 777 days have meant for marriage equality across Ireland. Unfortunately Northern Ireland has yet to catch up, but I have every faith that this too will come to pass in the years to come.
One of the many reasons for the YES vote was to of course recognise the love between couples up and down the country regardless of gender, to show support and to give these couples the exact same rights that heterosexual couples have experienced for an eternity. Our little country with an increasingly elderly population and deep roots in religion didn’t have to think twice. Love is love after all and nothing else really matters.
Since the overwhelming majority of Irish citizens showed their support by voting YES in the May 2015 referendum, the landscape of the wedding industry (I hate to refer to it as an industry, but unfortunately that is what it has become) has changed dramatically. Venues up and down the country have opened their doors and their arms widely to welcome equality, businesses, suppliers and vendors have opened their eyes to the different types of ceremonies that are now available in the country and more popular than ever, and those who in the past did not understand what all the fuss was about, finally get it!
I for one am proud to be a part of this change in our society and will always see love for exactly what it is, no walls, no barriers, just respect and appreciation for every couple in our society. There are of course still boundaries, which have not been broken down, but perhaps in the next 777 days we can work on those together.
For those of you who are planning to wed in the coming months and years, the team here at Drangan Video would like to assure you that we believe in equality in all it’s forms and will support all of our married couples by providing a service that does not discriminate against those who should never have had to fight so hard in the first place.
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