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.

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