Vote ‘No’ on gay marriage, urges Dana
Eurovision winner Dana has issued a last-minute plea for voters in tomorrow's Irish referendum on same-sex marriage to say No.
In a letter to the Belfast Telegraph signed Dana Rosemary Scallon, the singer - who holds deeply conservative Catholic values - wrote that traditional marriage "deserves to be protected and maintained".
The Londonderry-born singer Rosemary Brown rose to fame as a teenager winning Eurovision with All Kinds Of Everything in 1970.
More recently, she has campaigned against relaxing abortion laws, and has now turned her attention to gay marriage.
Voters in the Republic will tomorrow decide whether to legalise same-sex marriage in a poll billed as a battle between the Catholic Church and the State.
Ms Scallon wrote: "It is universally accepted that 'best practice' for the well-being of a child, its parents and society is for that child to be raised in a family with its biological parents."
She added that "the gift of a mother and a father to a child is something that should never be prejudiced or undermined".
Dana argued that the Irish constitution is duty-bound to protect the institution of marriage from attack, as the traditional family is "the natural, primary and fundamental unit group of society".
"Marriage between a man and a woman deserves to be protected and maintained," she said.