Our host of Friday’s Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, Darren Kennedy, has posted an impassionate speech online encouraging his fans to pass the upcoming marriage equality referendum.
The TV presenter and style guru uploaded the heartfelt video to his new YouTube channel earlier today, telling his viewers that a yes vote would mean a different future than the one he had imagined for himself.
“Growing up, I never considered I would get married because it just wasn’t in my frame of mind,” the openly gay star admitted.
Darren added that the vote on May 22 is “one of the most important political chapters of our generation.”
“It’s a time in history, where we get to stand up and show what we think and really it’s about love. And about the right to equal love,” he commented.
The 31-year-old, who is currently on our screens with Jennifer Maguire for The Unemployables on RTE2, also spoke in the video about his fears when he first came out to his parents when he was in his teens.
“It seems like a lifetime ago. But at that time, I was really worried and my biggest fear was that my whole world as I knew it was going to come crashing down around me. I didn’t know how my parents were going to react, there were no reference points, there certainly was nothing as gay marriage.”
He concluded: “Really, it boils down to a simple question – do you or do you not believe that every citizen of this country deserves equal eights?”
Darren is currently excitedly waiting to present the Style Awards on Friday at the Marker Hotel for the first time, having taken over from fellow TV star & stylist, Brendan Courtney.
He recently disclosed that he wants Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh to win Best Dressed Newcomer, saying it would be a great statement for gay rights.
To view Darren’s latest marriage equality plea video, click here –