Well put Richard! #MarRefWell put Richard! #MarRef
Absolute worst case scenario for a "No" voter:Yes wins. Surrogacy and adoption rates go up, and in 20 years some kids of these families say: "I love my parents, I think they loved and cared for me, but on some level I feel I missed out on the experience of having a mother/father in the mix".I don't think this scenario is terribly feasible, because the referendum has precisely zero impact on adoption/surrogacy, but this horrible scenario is what the No side fear.Meanwhile,Absolute Worst case scenario for a Yes voter:No wins. Thousands of people have had their home country fundamentally reject them as members of society. Scores of people, who aren't too strapped down by family and careers, simply leave. If this country has rejected them why wouldn't they leave?Meanwhile, teenagers, struggling with their sexual identity, already a section of society six times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population, teenagers struggling under homophobic abuse, scraping by with the mantra of "it gets better", are suddenly told, irrefutably, that no, it does not get better, the people of this nation have risen up to reject fundamentally who you are and your place in society. Teenagers who don't have the freedom to emigrate. Who can't just up and leave. I have no doubt that some of them will get out the only way they can, and take their own lives.Simply put, a No result kills kids.This might seem melodramatic. It might look like scaremongering. But there's a reason that ALL of the children's charities have come out to urge a yes. They know how much teens struggle with these issues. They know that these issues have already taken lives.So while the worst case scenario for a No voter isn't really that bad, and doesn't actually have any relationship to the referendum, the worst case scenario for a Yes voter, involves the loss of young lives. And I thoroughly believe that that is the result of a No vote. And even if it's just one suicide because of a No (which I think would be a dramatic underestimation of the impact), that is still one way too many. And it is way more than it is worth. And so, if it's a No, I will forever hold people who actively campaigned for a No vote, who swindled the population into voting against facts, against truth and fairness, I will hold them directly responsible for the deaths of children.So when your thoughts veer toward "think of the children", for the love of god, please do. And Vote Yes.