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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Irish Referendum
Well done, Ireland! First you win the World Quiddich Cup. Now you rock the real world with a real vote on a vital issue of human rights, and, to borrow from another fiction, you chose wisely and you chose well. 62% of the voters cast their ballot in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage despite the direct opposition of the Irish Catholic Church. Ireland becomes the first nation to adopt same-sex marriage as a legal right by national election. The leader of the opposition said, simply, it’s what the young people want – and that is the best and most encouraging part. You give me hope that reason will triumph over prejudice, and the fact that such a major social change is spearheaded by the young solidifies my hope for future generations to perhaps outgrow the ancient attitudes and emotions that have plagued us. It also means that the world is NOT about to end, it is poised to flourish.
I was born in Holland in 1950. My parents immigrated to the US when I was two. I have many close friends and family on both continents. My wife Diane and I have been happily married since 1974. I have four children and one grandchild (two more are on the way). I love writing and sharing what I wrote most of all..