On Saturday, May 23rd 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage by popular vote. Due to living abroad for over 18 months I was stripped of my right to vote so began to photograph yes voters to spread the word and encourage people back home to go out and use their vote. The 'Yes Equality' campaign had an overwhelming online presence and I believe that this helped to sway the polls; one popular hashtag was #MakeGráLaw (grá means love in Gaeilge).
The week before the referendum, I traveled home and photographed both people close to me and strangers that were in support of gay marriage. Hearing their stories and reasons for voting yes was heartwarming and uplifting - I wanted to portray this in photographs by creating bright portraits full of colour and warmth. It was a landslide victory, with 62.1% of voters favouring equal rights for LBGT citizens, marking a time when Ireland said yes to love and no to discrimination.