Colin Farrell defends his brother and gay rights with heartfelt plea

Colin Farrell is a proud Irishman, but he’s not so pleased with his home country when it comes to an issue that the actor holds dear to his heart.

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Farrell is calling out his fellow Irish citizens citizens to vote and make the right choice when it comes to gay rights. In an awesome letter published Monday on, the True Detective star unleashed his thoughts on the injustice of marriage inequality and the reason why: His brother, Eamon Farrell, is gay.

“I think I found out my brother wasn’t grovelling in heterosexual mud like most boys our age when I was around 12,” he wrote. “I remember feeling surprised. Intrigued. Curious. Not bi curious before you start getting ideas. I was curious because it was different from anything I’d known or heard of and yet it didn’t seem unnatural to me… 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.”

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Farrell may be known as a lady-killer in Hollywood, but according to the actor, watching his brother be a man growing up is what really formed his opinion about issues pertaining to love and virtue.

“Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him,” Farrell said. “And this is why the forthcoming referendum is so personal to me. It’s about inclusion. It’s about fairness. It’s about giving our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers back a right that should never have been stolen from them in the first place.”

Farrell, who has previously said he counts his young sons as inspiration, also revealed that his brother is now happily married, but had to travel to Canada in order to get hitched. He puts the whole situation in perfect perspective and eloquently states the irrationality of marriage inequality, both in Ireland and the United States. “The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland in order to have his dream of being married is insane. INSANE. I can jump in my car right now, drive four hours to Vegas from Los Angeles, get drunk and meet a woman and have Elvis marry us for $200.”

His whole argument can be wrapped up in one simple sentence: “Only love in action can stamp out the wilting toxicity of the intolerant among us.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


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