Equality For Children Demonstration Taking Place Today

There is an 'Equality for Children' campaign taking place today at 11:30 am.

In 2015, Ireland came together to vote in the historic Marriage Equality referendum which saw a majority 'Yes' vote. However, the 'Equality For Children' demonstration has brought to light the inequalities which still exist for LGBTQ+ families in Ireland today.

LGBTQ+ parents do not have the same rights as heterosexual parents. Only one person in an LGBTQ+ family can be a legal parent - leaving an unknown outcome for families in the event of bereavement, illness and more.

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Today, LGBTQ+ Rights Campaigner Ranae Von Meding will meet the Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Speaking on the issue which affects her family, Ranae said, “We’re tired of sitting idly on an unfulfilled promise by the State which has spanned years, and we’re calling out for help in making our point. Many people think that because we have marriage equality, that everything is sorted out - but it is not."

“We saw how YesEquality brought people together in 2015, because love wins. Now we’re calling on the people of Ireland to get behind us to make magic happen once more,” she added.

“The reason why this campaign is so important is because LGBTQ+ parents are currently on the dangerous sidelines of grey legislation. We are #StillNotEqual, and our children ultimately suffer the most, unless something changes,” she added.

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In 2015 Ireland said yes! We got engaged and we both bought a dress. My wife and I, we got married and then, We had a baby...and then had another again! And now here we are, a family of four. One day who knows? We might become more. But under the Irish law we are treated As though our family is still incompleted. Considered a single mother and yet, Our girls have two parents. And don’t you forget... That we voted for marriage equality. But what we have is not equal. Not really you see. It’s a double standard and every way we lose. All we want is fairness- yet we can’t even chose, To have both our kids parents recognised in law. We are Irish citizens- and yes we are both Mná. Then today yet another injustice, It’s like they really don’t trust us. On one hand we’re equals, treated the same as you. On the other we are ‘less than’...and what can we do? Something so simple, a passport application. Should have been easy, but for a small stipulation. That I sign away my wife as though she doesn’t exist. My entire life with a single signature dismissed. My family is equal though my country doesn’t see. All the hurt and humiliation it’s been causing me. And countless others who are in the same boat. Come on Ireland we can do better. Didn’t we already vote? . . Wrote this today after having to go through the humiliation of yet another passport renewal for our 3 year old daughter. It should have been as easy as an online application, but because I am married to a woman and because she is not recognised as parent to her own children, I am forced to sign a single parent affidavit. More about this in my stories and it’s saved to the ‘Passport’ highlight. If you can share this, please do. And if you haven’t already signed our petition, please do- link is in my bio. I don’t know how many more of these injustices my heart can take. • • #passportrenewal #samesexfamily #inequality #discrimination #ireland

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As it stands, the 'Equality for Children' campaign has garnered strong support on social media from people who are willing to fundraise, lobby, design and more. You can follow the campaign here.

The 'Equality for Children' demonstration takes place today, on the 21st of October 2019 at the Department of Health, Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2 at 11:30am.

Sophie Gavin

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