Saturday, May 23, 2015

Erin Goes Gay

Votes are still being counted in Ireland on the marriage equality question, but it looks like it’s a big win for the Yes side.  From the Associated Press:

DUBLIN (AP) — Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway.

Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, say the only question Saturday is how large the “yes” side’s margin of victory will be from Friday’s vote.

An Irish Cabinet minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay at the start of the government’s campaign, says Dublin looks to have voted about 70 percent in favor of gay marriage, while most districts outside the capital also were reporting strong “yes” leads. Official results come later Saturday.

Ireland is the first country to legalize marriage equality by popular vote.  All the others have been by legislation.

That makes it tough for the antis to say that it has been “rammed down their throats” (Dr. Freud on line 1) or that when it’s up to the will of the people, they support “traditional” marriage.


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