Children’s charities call for Yes in same-sex marriage vote

Group criticises ‘exploitative, hurtful and dishonest’ use of children by No campaign

Organisations involved in the BeLonG To Yes campaign in the same-sex the marriage referendum include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point, EPIC and the National Youth Council of Ireland, as well as BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Organisations involved in the BeLonG To Yes campaign in the same-sex the marriage referendum include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point, EPIC and the National Youth Council of Ireland, as well as BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A Yes vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum would be “in the best interests of children”, three of Ireland’s leading children’s charities have said.

Barnardos, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), and the Children’s Rights Alliance (CRA) said they had come together to call for a Yes vote in part because groups within the No campaign were “using children . . . as pawns” and in a way that was “dishonest”.

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