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Marriage & Family

Marriage equality passing in 2015 was an incredible moment for the LGBT+ community. And indeed for the whole country. It showed what a beautiful and inclusive nation we are, that the people who live here are in support of a fair and equal Ireland. But for families with same-sex parents the reality is far from equal as wife and mother Ranae von Meding explains.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget that overwhelming emotion that weekend in May. We were at a moment in time where we had fought so hard for acceptance. And for the first time, equality had won. Suddenly, we were on equal footing and could access many of the same rights as anyone else. Since then the Irish have been lauded as trailblazers for equal rights. A small country we may be, but a beacon of hope for progress and inclusion nonetheless. We even won a special award at this year’s World Pride in NYC where we won the 2019 Luminary Award that celebrated us as a global leader on LGBT+ activism and rights.

Things seem pretty amazing here when it comes to equality... Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that’s not the whole truth.

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Welcome to our ninth annual Wedding Issue! In this issue, we look at the full spectrum of marriage, from proposals, to the ceremony and beyond. Four couples let us in on their wedding journey and all the planning and dreaming that goes into creating the perfect day, while long-term married pairings give the lowdown on how to keep a relationship strong. For those not into all this wedding malarkey, there’s a couple perfectly happy not to walk down the aisle. On the culture side, we have a pair of interviews with two wonderful musical acts - the iconic Indigo Girls and the thrilling Cub Sport. We discuss the cold facts that families of same-sex parents aren’t as equal as their straight counterparts, and that our family in the North still battle for the right to love. Our cover image is by the artist Joe Caslin. He speaks inside about art as activism and the power of solidarity, something that our whole community can very much agree with. The North Is Next.