The upcoming referendum on extending marriage rights is – despite what some people will try to make you think – is a very simple one. Below I have outlined the possible outcomes in the case of a Yes or No vote on May 22nd, and a summary of things that will remain unchanged in either case.

Vote Yes:

  • Same-sex couples will be able to get married

Vote No:

  • Same-sex couples will not be able to get married

In Both Cases:

  • Religious marriage will remain unchanged, and Churches will not have to perform same-sex marriages, regardless of the outcome of the referendum
  • Children will continue to be raised by same-sex parents, regardless of the outcome of the referendum
  • Children will continue to be raised by single parents, “without a mother or father”, regardless of the outcome of the referendum
  • Adoption rights will remain unchanged, regardless of the outcome of the referendum
  • Procreation will continue to occur, regardless of the outcome of the referendum
  • People will still not be able to marry their siblings, nor multiple people, nor a tree, regardless of the outcome of the referendum

Unfortunately, it’s the points in the last part above that some commentators are focusing on in an attempt to detract from the actual, simple question being asked. If you see or hear someone trying to tell you that this referendum is about something other than two people who are in love getting married, take it with a (large) pinch of salt.