“This decision by the Irish people, in a national referendum, is enormously important. It will obviously have profound significance to people here in Ireland, but it will also echo around the world. It sends a message to LGBTI people everywhere that they, their relationships and their families matter. That they are entitled to the same human rights as their straight brothers and sisters, and to the full and equal protection of the law.“It sends a powerful signal to governments and states which continue to discriminate against LGBTI people and violate their human rights. Most importantly it sends a message of hope to those all over the world who fight for justice, freedom and equality”.
Colm O’Gorman said, “Amnesty International Ireland is proud to have been part of this campaign, and we are delighted with the result. We are especially heartened at the tone and focus of the campaign. It has been, for the most part, affirming, positive and even joyous. This was especially evident in the energy and commitment shown by the many thousands of people who came together under the Yes Equality banner in cities, towns and villages right across Ireland to canvass door to door and street by street. They made this possible, and this is their victory.”"Asked a simple question about fairness, equality and respect, Ireland said yes. Irish people stood on the right side of history by choosing solidarity over prejudice; and in so doing send a welcome signal to those around the world still fighting for equal rights," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International Director of Europe and Central Asia.