‘What I imagined has come to pass’

Local woman’s delight as gay marriage becomes law

Knockcroghery artist Anne Rigney has expressed her delight at the news that gay couples will be able to marry from November 16.

  Ms Rigney, whose son, Daragh, is homosexual, campaigned strongly during the campaign for the marriage equality referendum.

  The Marriage Equality Act 2015 was signed into law on Thursday, October 29, by the Presidential Commission, as President Michael D Higgins was completing an official visit to the US.

  From Monday week, gay couples will be able to engage in civil marriage. A delighted Ms Rigney said it was “a great historical victory for the Irish people”.

  “It shows the compassion and kindness and generosity of the Irish people,” she said. “It is also a great victory for people-power.”

  In May, 62 per cent of the electorate voted for gay marriage. Roscommon-South Leitrim was the only constituency in the country that did not approve of the legislation, by a narrow majority of 51 per cent. 

  Yet Ms Rigney applauded Yes Equality Roscommon for their campaign.

  “For me, it was a great honour to work and campaign with such inspiring individuals,” she said. “I particularly wish to thank Will Keane and my son, Daragh, who spearheaded the campaign in Roscommon.

  “And while we did not have a majority in Roscommon, every ‘yes’ vote mattered in the overall count. The Irish national said ‘yes’ to marriage equality and this makes me very proud to be Irish.”