Has Our Last Ever Mother’s Day Gone?

Last weekend was Mother’s Day, which means if you were brave enough to venture into your local shop on Sunday at lunchtime you’d have seen flocks of people buying last minute flowers, boxes of chocolates, wine, and cards.
Mother and daughter hugging

However, if you were to listen to the Irish Senator Fidelma Healy Eames then Mother’s Day is under threat and this could be the last one we ever experience. Why? Because same sex marriage will mean the day gets banned.


The senator went onto Twitter on Mother’s Day to post a heart-warming message, wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. Of course, that was a little spoiled by the rest of the message.

For those who are unaware, the Republic of Ireland will be voting on the 22nd May about the legalisation of civil same-sex marriages. With a recent poll suggesting that 76% of the Irish public support same-sex marriage, it seems likely to go through.

However, Healy Eames seems to be under the impression that, should the Republic of Ireland legalise same sex marriage, days like Mother’s day and Father’s day will be long gone.

In her tweet she seems to suggest that the days are already banned in some states following the legalisation.

She tweeted “Happy Mothers’ day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father’s Day banned #pcgonemad”.

The truth

Okay, so last weekend it is completely true that America did not celebrate Mother’s day. Yes, that’s right. The entire country did not celebrate Mother’s day on the 15th March.

However, there is an excellent reason for that. In the States, they celebrate the day in May instead.

As far as my research shows, no state has actually even attempted to ban the day, and there is certainly not banned in any states in the country. Not only that, but I know plenty of LGBT couples who also celebrate the day.

As this is the internet, people were only too kind to point out to Healy Eames exactly how wrong she was, and that her claims were not only incorrect but also ignorant. That’ll sort it all out, right?

Digging a hole

Wrong. If anything, Healy Eames simply became more insistent that she right, releasing a follow up tweet where she said: “lying is not my thing. No slur intended either. #justsaying Mother’s Day banned in a NY & Nova Scotia school. Happy Mothers Day!”

Again, research suggests otherwise. The Nova Scotia school she mentions is actually in Canada and not the United States, while there seem to only be claims of schools banning the day. No evidence that says it has actually happened.

In fact, the only thing that has definitely happened that might explain Healy Eames’ confusion is an elementary school in Nova Scotia, where they chose to instead celebrate “Family Day” for a more inclusive day.
Gay Newlyweds Laughing

Can it really ruin Mother’s day?

I’m still struggling to see how allowing same sex marriage will suddenly lead to people hating Mother’s having their own day to celebrate.

To me it reads as one of those very ignorant views on same sex marriage, such as the one where a gay couple adopting will ‘turn the child gay’.

People are continuing to make assumptions on just what same sex marriage will do to a country, but the only thing that will happen on the legalisation of it is that gay couples will marry. Is that really such a bad thing?

Will same sex marriage really lead to the banning of Mother’s Day? Will Father’s Day follow? You can let us know what you think on this topic by visiting the Escort Ireland forum, or by leaving your thoughts in the comment box below.

Lara Mills
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