Yesterday, Ireland became the first country to approve and legalize gay marriage by popular vote (as opposed to legislative or court ordered decree).
Some interesting points about this pivotal, landmark change:
- No political party within the Irish legislature backed the opposition to the vote, as a Cork politician affiliated with the party closest to the social teachings of the Catholic Church stated, “It’s simply wrong in the 21st century to oppress people because of their sexuality.”
- The Archbishop of Dublin, Diamuid Martin, even made a statement to the effect that the overwhelming vote against church teaching on gay marriage means that Catholic leaders in Ireland need to urgently find a new message and voice for reaching Ireland’s young people.
And then there’s this tidbit about 70-year-old Irish gay-rights activist Senator David Norris:
“At the George, Ireland’s oldest gay pub, drag queens danced and lip-synced to Queen and the founding father of Ireland’s gay rights campaign, Sen. David Norris, basked in the greatest accomplishment of the movement’s 40-year history.
‘The people in this small island off the western coast of Europe have said to the rest of the world: This is what it is to be decent, to be civilized, and to be tolerant! And let the rest of the world catch up!’ Norris, 70, shouted with jubilant zeal to the hundreds packing the pub.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Norris waged an often lonely two-decade legal fight to force Ireland to quash its Victorian-era laws outlawing homosexual acts. Ireland finally complied in 1993, becoming the last European Union country to do so. This time, the gay community in Ireland managed to build a decisive base of support..”
This time the Triumph of Love has trumped and won the game…