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Rory's Story, a Powerful Marriage Inequality PSA from Ireland: VIDEO


It seems the best LGBT PSAs these days are coming out of Ireland (remember this excellent clip against bullying?). Here's a new, very powerful spot about how civil partnerships lack the rights given to those who are married.

Watch Rory's Story tell it like it is in one minute, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Brilliant! Just how these PSAs should be in the US: Direct to the point (in this case, the consequences) and honest. No sugar-coating needed (so we don't offend some people).

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Sep 8, 2011 11:10:41 AM

  2. A localized version of this ad needs to run in every jurisdiction where well intentioned compromisers are suggesting some sort of domestic partnership is enough...

    Posted by: CanadianObserver | Sep 8, 2011 11:17:54 AM

  3. Marriage is about the children!

    That's the most powerful argument in favor of marriage equality.

    (I don't have kids, but I remember being one.)

    Posted by: Glenn I | Sep 8, 2011 11:41:49 AM

  4. Trust the Irish to get right to the heart of things. They're amazing. No wonder they're the world's best poets.

    Posted by: tarraraboomdeeya | Sep 8, 2011 12:05:44 PM

  5. Excellent clip. Bravo.

    This group also did a fantastic clip last year called 'Sinead's Hand'. Check it on Youtube.

    Posted by: SteveC | Sep 8, 2011 1:14:49 PM

  6. When Ireland started legislating for civil partnerships, people were under the impression it would mirror the UK's version which entails all the rights of marriages. Ireland's didn't.

    Marriage equality is inevitable. Already, Scotland is about to begin a marriage equality consultation and England is due to ttart its own this fall. They will be the next to legalize same-sex marriage if Finland doesn't do it this year (marriage equality is pending in that baltic nation).

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Sep 8, 2011 1:23:56 PM

  7. Irish CP's are an exact replica of British CP's, except when it comes to children.

    This is a very clever advert as it focuses on the legal discrimination faced by the children of same-sex couples.

    And very few people support discrimination against children (even though they may not have an opinion on marriage equality.)

    I shared this video among some friends whose response was 'But surely the doctor isn't allowed to do that?' To which my response was 'Oh yes they are'.

    Posted by: SteveC | Sep 8, 2011 1:35:13 PM

  8. Now only if something like this had been airing during the Prop 8 campaigning, we would still have gay marriage in California.

    Posted by: Matthew | Sep 8, 2011 3:13:12 PM

  9. If a man marries a woman with a child, does he automatically become next of kin or does he have to adopt the child?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 8, 2011 3:39:12 PM

  10. Mike--depends on state law I believe. In WI, my step dad couldn't sign for anything for me because my mom didn't have him adopt me (out of respect for my biological father).

    Posted by: Derek in Madison | Sep 8, 2011 3:54:32 PM

  11. A touching, tearfull spot

    Posted by: louis | Sep 8, 2011 11:19:12 PM

  12. Irish politicians have been pretty progressive on this issue - one of the reasons they went for civil partnerships, as against marriage, was that it is likely that the latter might fall foul of the Irish constitution.

    It is generally hoped that the remaining deficiencies may be subsequently ironed-out, piecmeal, using additional domestic legislation, however.

    Posted by: Mundus | Sep 9, 2011 4:00:13 AM

  13. I saw a few mos ago that a poll showed the Irish people support full MARRIAGE EQuality by about 3 to 2.

    Ireland - the country that provided the priests to evangelize Europe.

    Another nail in the coffin of the vatican.

    Our motto should be - free the good catholic people from the vatican molester protectors.

    Posted by: billywingarten | Nov 2, 2011 3:15:51 AM

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