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SYDNEY EVENT: How a minority won a majority: Marriage equality in Ireland

The Alumni Speaker Series comes to Sydney for the first time, featuring Tiernan Brady, CEO of Australian Marriage Equality and former Political Director for the Yes Equality campaign in Ireland’s marriage referendum.

How a minority won a majority: Marriage equality in Ireland

Thursday 8 September 2016

QT Sydney
49 Market Street, Sydney

While the uncertainty around the outcome of the federal election has been resolved, the Government’s policy agenda for the coming term is anything but. With the Prime Minister’s promised plebiscite looking less certain and Labor pushing for a private member’s bill on the issue, the future of marriage equality is far from clear. Conservative and progressive forces are manoeuvring to use the issue as a cudgel against each other, while poll after poll shows overwhelming community support for the issue.

So where to from here?

In the first Alumni Speaker Series event to ever be held in Sydney, Tiernan Brady will share his views on the future of marriage equality in Australia. Drawing on his deep experience in Irish politics, Tiernan will outline how his campaign won majority support in a traditionally conservative society – and why gaining this type of equality is so important for Australia.

This event is an opportunity for Cranlana alumni to engage in an honest and direct dialogue about an issue so often restricted by hardened viewpoints and partisan point-scoring. Proceedings will be recorded by ABC Radio National and broadcast on the Big Ideas programme following the event.

Tickets are $50 and include refreshments. Alumni are encouraged to extend an invitation to friends and colleagues.




Tiernan Brady is an Irish political and LGBT rights and equality campaigner and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Marriage Equality. Before relocating to Australia, Tiernan was Policy Director for GLEN – The Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and co-designed and implemented the political engagement strategy to pass Ireland's civil partnership Bill, which subsequently passed the Dail (Irish parliament) with the support of every political party. He was also the Political Director for the Yes Equality campaign in the Irish marriage referendum, which passed with a 62% yes vote, making Ireland the first country in the world to pass a referendum on equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian people.