A straight couple and their son
barricade themselves in their home to keep the effects of marriage
equality from seeping into their lives in a new PSA from Ireland.
In Armagayddon, an Irish married
couple are devastated after passage of a law allowing gay and lesbian
couples to marry in Ireland.
“Oh, God, John, they're going to get
in,” a grief-stricken Mary sobs as her husband attends to their
barricaded front door. “They're going to get in!”
In an interview, the pair explain the
tragedy that pushed them into isolation.
“Back in 2015, Ireland had a
referendum on marriage equality. Sure, we weren't one bit worried,”
“We thought at best, it'd be close,”
“As far as we knew, there was maybe
five or six gays operating in Ireland at that time,” John says.
“But it was their friends. Normal people they ...”
“They marched. They voted. Lots of
them. They said things like, 'People should be able to love who ever
they want,' even though they could do that already. There was
nothing in it for them at all.”
After the vote, everything changed,
“So much equality,” a fearful Mary
adds. “Ireland was practically unrecognizable.”
“We tried to blend in, but the
weddings were unbelievable.”
“And the cakes,” says Mary.
“It was at that point it became a
question of survival,” John explains.
The mocking PSA to promote Sunday's
LGBT Noise March in Dublin ends with, “Marriage equality: It's not
the end of the world, lads.” (The video is embedded on this page.
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