Colin Farrell Urges Irish Voters To Support Gay Rights Via An Emotional Letter

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Colin Farrell aduring the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, September 12, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuonii

Colin Farrell Wants voters in Ireland to hear his plea for his gay brother. In an essay-length letter, the actor requests Irish voters to support gay rights.

In a bold letter to Irish voters published in this weekend's Sunday World, renowned actor Colin Farrell has asked Irish voters to exercise their rights wisely by supporting gay rights. For the actor, it is a personal issue, because his brother is gay. Colin's brother had to go to Canada to get married to his partner, and according to Colin, "to make their vows." In the letter, Colin says that his brother did not choose to be gay and never tried to hide it either. 

In the letter, Colin said his brother Eamon was always "proud" and "defiant" about his gender identity. Sometimes he could even be provocative just to express his true nature, which Colin firmly believes is inherent and not chosen. "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," Colin recalls in the letter. 

Moreover, Colin details that even though Eamon still loves and treats Ireland as his home with his husband, Steven, Colin feels sad that the couple has to move to Canada to get married and celebrate their union. Colin personally thinks that this is "insane" -- to be pushed out of one's country for falling in love and for fulfilling one's dream of getting married. He added that Irish voters have the capability to "right the scales of justice" on this situation. The only thing they have to do is to sign up and register to vote in 2015 so each and every Irish citizen's voice could be heard and taken into account. 

According to polls, nearly 67 per cent of Irish voters already support the introduction of same sex marriage in the country. The elections are scheduled to be held in spring 2015 and Colin wishes that the percentage of supporters would increase. For him, it's time for Ireland to lead by example and make history.