Colin Farrell speaks up for gay marriage

Actor Colin Farrell (above right) has called for Ireland to support gay rights, recalling how his older brother (above left) was bullied for being gay and had to travel to Canada to marry his partner.

"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," the True Detective actor wrote in the Sunday World newspaper. "But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative."

In order to marry, Farrell's brother and his partner Stephen Mannion had to travel to Canada where same-sex marriages are legal and Farrell was best man.

"They are about the healthiest and happiest couple I know," Farrell wrote. "They had to travel a little farther than down the aisle to make their vows, though, to Canada, where their marriage was celebrated.

"That's why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE."

Ireland will decide in a referendum next May whether to extend civil marriage to include same-sex couples.