Ireland's prime minister, Enda Kenny,
has urged voters to approve a referendum on marriage equality.
Voters head to the polls on Friday.
Ahead of a state mandated 24-hour
broadcasting embargo, Kenny told voters: “There is nothing to fear
for voting for love and equality.”
At an earlier press conference, Kenny
said that a “yes” vote will “obliterate prejudice.”
“The yes will obliterate publicly the
remaining barriers of prejudice or the irrational fear of the them
and us in this regard,” he said.
Kenny also rejected claims by opponents
that religious schools would be forced to teach about the validity of
“We have absolute religious freedom
said. “The churches, irrespective of what church they are,
have the absolute right to continue their teaching of their doctrine,
their principles and their beliefs. Civil law is a separate matter
and there may be questions asked in any school about the civil law.”
Ireland is the first nation to put the
issue to a popular vote.
Irish president urges “yes” vote on marriage equality.)