In a nationwide referendum, Ireland voted to make marriage legal between any two people regardless of gender. This is most notable for a variety of reasons. When polled, over 80% of the people of Ireland claim that they follow the Catholic faith. On the eve of the vote, several Catholic church leaders pleaded with their parishioners to defeat this referendum.
It is not my intent to re-argue the issue in this article. The legalization of gay marriage does NOT at all affect my heterosexual marriage of nearly 46 years, nor our daughter's heterosexual marriage of nearly 13 years. In addition, this new law does NOT give anyone permission to legally marry an animal. One of my closest colleagues while I was teaching was very conservative socially and used to use this argument against me when I voiced support for gay marriage years ago. And, this vote proves that the Republic of Ireland has moved from a quasi-religious state to a true democracy which separates church from state. Remember, this vote came in a country which only in 1993, barely more than 20 years ago, decriminalized homosexuality. In addition, the vote wasn't really close. The totals announced were 62% for and 38% against! And the voter turnout was considered to be high at about 60% as well. Also, unlike what was predicted, "support cut across age and gender, geography and income."
19 other nations have made gay marriage legal. The time has come for America to join this movement.