Ireland voted, by a wide margin to legalize gay marriage. Yay! So proud to be Irish today.
To tell the truth I was a little worried about this vote. There is a big prevalence of Catholics in Ireland and a lot of people use their religion as an excuse to hate things they really have no business forming an opinion about. So the fact that there was such a big margin of "yes" votes on the emerald isle makes me believe that Ireland is much more progressive than half the states in the U.S.A.
Why should anyone who's not gay care about, or make laws about, gay marriage? Maybe this point of view comes from growing up in America where it's drummed into our heads that we live in the "land of the free." I always understood that meant free without judgement or religious persecution. America was founded on religious freedom and its only when people who claim to be God-fearing disagree about a subject that we need to make it a law. Do we really need to go back in history when bigots frowned upon interracial marriage? Living together without marriage? Women's voting rights? Now these things are no big deal. Love is love and if two adults want to live happily ever after that's really a good thing. Wasn't Jesus all about love?
Ireland? When I think about how this whole country could make Gay Marriage a law I wonder why the USA hasn't done this yet? Instead we go state by state infringing on a basic human right. The right to love and share your life with whomever you please.
Go Ireland! You made me proud.