Tuesday , 20 August 2019

Ruth Davidson: I want to marry my girlfriend in Ireland

Ruth DavidsonLeader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson, said she would like to marry her partner in Ireland if the country votes for marriage equality.

During a joint radio interview with her partner Jen Wilson, her Irish partner, Davidson said they woul

Jen Wilson and Ruth Davidson
Jen Wilson and Ruth Davidson

d like to get married in Ireland and that Wilson is “desperate” for a Yes vote on Friday.

During the interview on Ireland’s NewsTalk Lunchtime, Davidson said: “I love this woman that is sitting to my left here. I would very much like it if it was a possibility for us for her to go home [to Ireland] to get married because there are young people who are leaving Ireland right now because they don’t feel like they can be their whole selves.

“There’s a woman who’s sitting here who would be desperate to go home and be that Yes vote in Ireland.” The 36-year-old added: “Who knows, maybe an Irish wedding in our future?”

Davidson continued: “My partner Jen left Ireland because she didn’t feel like she could be her whole self and she came to Scotland.

“She’s been living here so long that she’s not allowed to vote [in Ireland] so she’s been trying to do everything she can to do her bit for the vote and I’m happy to support her in that.”

Wilson said she had to leave Wexford in 2003 because she felt unaccepted, even though her family and friends were supportive: “I just never really felt I could be completely myself”.

Jen Wilson speaking at NewsTalk
Jen Wilson speaking at NewsTalk

Outlining why she moved to Scotland, she said: “I gave myself a really hard time about being gay. It’s nothing something that was terribly openly discussed I think in general in Ireland at the time or seen as being acceptable.

“I needed to leave the country to go somewhere where I could not be looking over my shoulder worrying that somebody from my home town would spot me in a gay bar or with a partner.”

Wilson, a marketing assistant in a green Scottish energy charity, said she was giving the joint interview because she is “desperately keen” to help secure a Yes vote.

Davidson remarked: “My partner Jen left Ireland because she didn’t feel like she could be her whole self and she came to Scotland.”

The couple both warned that intolerance is forcing many young people, like Wilson, to leave Ireland.

Davidson said that despite the strong statements by the Catholic Church the “sky hadn’t fallen in” since the introduction of marriage equality in Scotland last December.

If Ireland votes YES in this Friday’s referendum it would become the world’s 18th country to legalise same-sex marriage.


About Anne Kane Austin

Anne Kane Austin
Anne Austin is a 39 year-old Glasgow based mature Journalism graduate looking on the brighter side of life. Her interests include LGBTI rights, human rights, animal welfare, politics and comedy.

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