Social revolution: In a victory for love and human decency, and a well deserved defeat for the bigotry of the Roman Catholic Church, the people of Ireland vote to amend their constitution and legalize same-sex marriage.
In a resounding victory for marriage equality the Irish people fulfill the promise of enlightened democracy and defeat the darkness of religious bigotry and ignorance.
With the victory for marriage equality Ireland becomes the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage via popular vote.
Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution, said:
We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish.
People from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Ireland are a minority. But with our parents, our families, or friends and co-workers and colleagues, we’re a majority.
For me it wasn’t just a referendum. It was more like a social revolution.
The Boston Herald reports on the “landslide” victory marking a “generational shift” within Ireland:
Political analysts who have covered Irish referendums for decades agreed that Saturday’s emerging landslide marked a stunning generational shift from the 1980s, when voters still firmly backed Catholic Church teachings and overwhelmingly voted against abortion and divorce.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former head of the Catholic church in England and Wales, argued against marriage equality, claiming gay marriage contributes to the breakdown of the family.
In fact, leaders of the country’s predominant faith fueled opposition to the measure, arguing that marriage equality would undermine the institution of marriage itself and trigger unintended legal consequences in Irish courts, where adoption and surrogacy rights loom as distinct legal battlegrounds.
The Catholic Church is wrong about same-sex marriage, just as the church is wrong about most things. The victory for marriage equality is a clear defeat for the Catholic Church in Ireland, and a sign that the Irish people continue to liberate themselves from the suffocating and inhumane grasp of the often immoral institution.
Bottom line: Love wins in Ireland.