“I’ve been fortunate enough to never have any issue with the idea of gay union,” opens the piece, before star of describes realizing his brother, Eamon Farrell, was gay at the age of 12:
I was curious because it was different from anything I’d known or heard of and yet it didn’t seem unnatural to me. I had no reference for the existence of homosexuality. I had seen, by that age, no gay couples together. I just knew my brother liked men and, I repeat, it didn’t seem unnatural to me.
Farrell says his brother “didn’t choose to be gay,” and comments on the bullying he saw his brother, who would wear eye liner and act effeminately, go through as a child.
Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him.
Farrell calls marriage a right for all Irish people, and speaking up in support of it encourages a “society where peace, compassion and kindness become the ruling classes. ”
Farrell called the vote a chance for the Irish to arise and wake up the conviction that true love cares not for color, creed, nor gender.
We have a chance to effect a change that’s about recognising [sic] no one love is greater than another by virtue of tradition. We have a chance to simply tip our hats to love in all its kaleidoscopic and majestic forms.