As if he could be any more of a legend.
The Grammy-nominated Bray native, who’s currently on tour in the States, has been an outspoken proponent of the ‘Yes’ vote for quite some time now – but this latest video message recorded for Straight Up For Equality puts it more eloquently than ever before.
I suppose we shouldn’t expect anything less from a man with such a phenomenal way with words… but read, listen, share and prepare to be wowed all over again.
(If you’re not able to listen right now, the full text is below the video)
“To anyone in my generation, like me, who feels that their values have long gone unrepresented by the word of law, and want to be proud to live in a nation that does not discriminate or implicitly condemn, I strongly encourage you to vote.”
The full text reads:
“My name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, and I am Straight Up For Equality.
“The movement for marriage equality has my full support, and there is not a doubt in my mind.
“I firmly believe that the upcoming referendum is not simply a gay rights issue, or a civil rights issue, but one of basic human rights. And I think it’s one that reflects on all of us, and it’s an issue that deserves everyone’s involvement.
“It’s imperative that the straight community shows support for the LGBT community on this issue and makes a clear statement that we value the equal treatment of people on our shores. I also feel it’s time for our generation to stand up and take into our own hands the future of our nation and its values.
“So, to anyone who feels that the love between two people is not to be belittled or othered or developed or undermined, I would encourage you to vote.
“To anyone who is tired of the sophistry, fear-mongering, or the outright deception of those who under the guise of ‘traditional family values’ promote an irrational aversion to same-sex marriage or relationships, I encourage you to vote.
“And to anyone in my generation, like me, who feels that their values have long gone unrepresented by the word of law, and want to be proud to live in a nation that does not discriminate or implicitly condemn, I strongly encourage you to vote.