They’ll say they’re worried about the children.
They won’t say they’re worried about the children of single parents. They won’t say they’re worried about the adopted kids. They won’t say they’re worried about the kids being raised by their grandparents,or an aunt or uncle, or an older sibling. They won’t say they’re worried about the kids in foster care. They won’t say they’re worried about the kids already being raised by loving gay parents. Because they’d prefer you forget any of those kids exist. Those kids do exist, and they’re doing fine.
They’ll say their institution is being threatened.
They won’t say their institution isn’t the one being voted on. They won’t say our institution has nothing to do with theirs. They won’t dare mention the difference between their church and our state, because they genuinely believe there shouldn’t be a difference.
They’ll say we’re oppressing them.
They won’t say that they’re fine with others being oppressed. They won’t say that they’re asking the republic to collectively tell a portion of its sons and daughters that we don’t want them to be a part. They won’t say that they’re happy for a percentage of our neighbours, coworkers, friends and family to remain second-class citizens in their own homes. They won’t say that they want every gay person in Ireland to walk down the street facing public rejection of their love for each other for the rest of their lives.
They’ll say they’re being victimised.
They won’t say that they’ve corrupted our courts and our media to the degree that nobody can be accused of homophobia – under any circumstances – lest the power of the courts lay its gaze on the accuser. They won’t remind you that it’s still legal for educators to be dismissed for their beliefs, or who they are.
They’ll say that civil partnership is “enough”.
They won’t remind you that they fought just as hard against civil partnership. They won’t openly say that they get to be the ones that decide how much equality is enough for people that aren’t like them. They won’t say that it’s their decision how much of anyone else’s life gets to be lived out in the open. They won’t say that this is another terrifying step in the direction they don’t want the country to move in, the one called “progress”.
They’ll say they’re not homophobes.
They won’t say that this is how they remind us that for all our flirtation with an Ireland no longer reliant on parochial authority figures to tell us what to do, how to think and who to be, they still see themselves as being more important than everyone else. They won’t tell you that homosexuals are just the latest in a long, long line of sections of society that the Church has needed to make feel small just so everyone knows how big they are. They won’t say that this is about the chosen people being more important than anyone that reads a bit too much new testament and not enough Leviticus.
They’ll say no.
And we’ll scream “yes”.