Week 21: Hero – The People of Ireland

by Charlie_East_West on May 24, 2015

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This week’s hero of the week award goes to the people of Ireland – where 62% voted in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Well played Ireland. Well played indeed. The good people of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly to move their wonderful country into the 21st century. The fact it has taken until 2015 for this to happen in Ireland is rather dispiriting, but the fact that same sex marriages are now likely to happen by early Autumn is hugely uplifting.

Ireland was the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote, and the referendum was held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland. Yes, in 1992, homosexual acts were still a criminal offence in Ireland.

We may have a number of serious issues facing societies around the world today, but thankfully in countries like Britain and Ireland, we have modernised our social values significantly in the past 20 years. We now have societies that are more tolerant, open and liberal. The majority of people demand fairness, justice and equality. The referendum result in Ireland was another heartening move towards embracing these social values within life in the 21st Century. Straight or gay? Who cares? We are all equal.

Considering the influence of the Catholic Church in Ireland, this result proves that when something is morally right, the people know better than any religious hiararchy. If this thumping victory for equality doesn’t provide a reality check for the Catholic Church than God help them.

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