Celebrations continue all over the world this weekend, after Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. And now one Irish teen has revealed that the exciting poll results have given her the courage to come out.
TheJournal.ie tweeted "Moving email we just received from a 16-year-old girl who asked to stay anonymous on her reaction to the vote #marref.” The teen wrote:
"I am a 16 year old teenager, so I had no say in this referendum. But recently I have discovered that I am bisexual. I didn’t tell anyone, for how could I expect them to treat me equally if the law didn’t? I didn’t want to acknowledge that I might never get married to someone I love. Today, however, when I woke up and heard the news, I started crying. I have already come out to a few of my close friends this morning, knowing that today I am living in a more equal Ireland than the one I went to sleep in yesterday. To everyone out there who vote yes: thank you for giving me a future where I can be happy. Thank you for changing my life forever. Not bad for just putting an X in a box, right?"
We hope it's just the beginning for young people all over the world to begin experiencing this kind of acceptance.