Six gay and lesbian SNP MPs gathered outside Westminster urging Ireland to vote YES for marriage equality.
Angela Crawley, John Nicolson, Martin Docherty, Mhairi Black, Stewart M McDonald, Stuart McDonald stood outside Westminster’s gates holding Yes signs in support of Ireland’s Marriage Equality campaign.
McDonald, the newly elected MP for Glasgow South told Buzzfeed: “We want to encourage folks to vote Yes to give that confidence to young people and in particular to be themselves, to live the life that they want to live.
“What better way to demonstrate to people that it’s OK to be who you are in modern-day Ireland in a modern world than endorsing equal marriage?”
The MPs said that marriage equality can boost Irish LGBT people’s confidence and in addition the lawmakers discussed their coming out stories.
John Nicolson recounted how he received death threats when he became the first openly gay BBC presenter.
However the MPs said that is now becoming more acceptable to be out in the UK, with Mhairi Black, the youngest MP in parliament, joking: “I’ve never been in.”
Angela Crawley, MP for Lanark and Hamilton East, said LGBT equality should be a central issue in UK political discourse.
“We would hope that all young people and particularly those from LGBT backgrounds feel comfortable and confident to go forward in their careers and their chosen professions,” she said.
Adding: “[They should] realise that it is possible to be out and proud and to get married and to continue your life as you rightly should.”
She also noted that despite opposition in Scotland, marriage equality was passed, and opposing voices have since declined.
“What it proves is that if Ireland votes Yes on Friday, that young people across the UK, Ireland and elsewhere can feel comfortable to go on and have a happy marriage with whomever they love, and that’s exactly what it should be like,” she said.
McDonald said that the SNP’s MPs formed the “gayest group in Westminster, with over 12% of us being out and homosexual”.