Ireland native Colin Farrell is asking his home country to prioritize equal rights. The actor’s brother Eamon is openly gay and formerly struggled with not being able to marry his partner in Ireland.
Farrell wrote an open letter concerning his older brother often being the victim of bullying as a child, and advocating for LGBTQ rights. In Ireland’s Sunday World, Farrell disclosed, "My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay. Yes, he chose to wear eyeliner to school and that probably wasn't the most pragmatic response to the daily torture he experienced at the hands of school bullies. But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative."
Colin Farrell out with brother Eamon Farrell Jr. (Splash)
Because of Ireland’s restricting laws, Eamon and partner Steven wed in Canada.
"That’s why this is personal to me," wrote Farrell. "The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE."
Come spring, a vote will ultimately decide the fate of legalizing same-sex marriage in Ireland. And according to a poll from Irish Times, 67 percent of the nation is in favor of legalizing gay marriage.