The Irish Times coverage of the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum in Ireland includes an extensive report with Yes campaigner, and WIP Class of 2003,  Seamus Carey.

Seamus is quoted as follows:

“A lot of people being canvassed have not met gay people before. It is a person standing on the doorstep saying: ‘I live up the road and I’m gay and this is about me, about real local people with the same hopes and aspirations as you.’”

“Making that personal connection can really change people’s opinions. It’s no longer an abstract question about human rights. There is nothing more powerful about that personal story and the reason why they are seeking a Yes vote.”

See the full article and video here:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/personal-route-to-reach-public-central-to-yes-campaign-1.2211282