Ursula Halligan: Referendum led me to tell truth about myself

‘For me, there was no first kiss; no wedding. And until a short time ago no hope of these’

‘As a person of faith and a Catholic, I believe a Yes vote is the most Christian thing to do. I believe the glory of God is the human being fully alive and that this includes people who are gay.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘As a person of faith and a Catholic, I believe a Yes vote is the most Christian thing to do. I believe the glory of God is the human being fully alive and that this includes people who are gay.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” – Martin Luther King.

I was a good Catholic girl, growing up in 1970s Ireland where homosexuality was an evil perversion. It was never openly talked about but I knew it was the worst thing on the face of the earth.

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