Perhaps I could blame it on being in Wisconsin and not getting to hear too much about any news coming out of Europe, but here’s some significant news I heard about just this week: A pretty big vote is coming soon to Ireland. On May 22, voters will decide in a referendum vote an amendment to the Constitution of Ireland which reads as follows:
“Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”
That looks to be a clearly written message, don’t you think? If Irish opinion polls are a barometer (or at least the ones I’ve heard about), the issue of same-sex marriage is one that has gained strong support in Ireland, momentum that suggests the referendum vote will be a positive one for Ireland’s LGBT community. The vote in itself is also a sign of further progress in Ireland, which has had civil partnerships in the books since 2010 and only decriminalized homosexual acts in 1993. Heck, divorce wasn’t permitted in Ireland until 1995.
Of course, this forward push has met with some hysterical resistance. The Roman Catholic Church (long a prevalent force in Ireland) and other naysayers have used fear and pamphlets, including playing the “children will be in danger if this vote passes” claim and even the “homosexuality causes cancer” claim. (Huh?!)
Now, if one were to receive such homophobic flyers from the anti-equality side, and if it prompts one to hold their nose in disgust, it would usually be human nature not to just tear it up and throw it into the recycle bin. Luckily, a Dublin stationery company called Daintree has a much better idea: For the campaign they call “A Shred of Decency,” anyone can bring those flyers to Daintree’s Dublin headquarters; Daintree, in turn, will chop up all that campaign literature into heart-shaped confetti–to be used at gay weddings! The confetti costs just €5 per bag (or about $5.30 US, the last time I checked my phone’s currency converter), and 100% of Daintree’s profits are directly donated to the campaign promoting the “yes” vote on the May 22 referendum.
When you think of it, Daintree’s “Shred of Decency” idea is awesome in more ways than one:
- You support a good cause
- You make a stand against unfounded, homophobic rumors
- And you help save a tree or two, or at least you give a new reason to the old tree’s demise
What’s more, even if you’re nowhere near Ireland, you can get into the act through the #ShredThisTweet hashtag: Spot a tweet spouting a stance against marriage equality (or interpreted as such), reply to it with #ShredThisTweet, and off it goes to a printer at Daintree ready to be chopped up. And, yes, I have gotten in on the act: