Monday, May 18, 2015
Ireland and the Amazing and Historic Struggle for Marriage Equality
A wonderful thing may be about to happen in Ireland in just a few days.
Millions of people are preparing to take on the power of the Catholic Church, and some of the nastiest bigots you can imagine.
And make that country the first in the world to vote to approve same-sex marriage.
Irish voters are set to back the introduction of marriage equality by a margin of as much as two-to-one next week and become the first country to approve the policy in a national plebiscite, a series of polls indicated on Saturday.
The Irish Times poll of 1,200 voters showed 58% planned to vote in favour of the measure compared to 25% against and 17% undecided.
And although other polls show that winning margin narrowing. And the Catholic Church is pulling out all the stops to try to convince its shrinking flock that Jesus is HATE.
In letters published on Saturday, a number of Catholic bishops, who have played a low key role in the campaign, warned their parishioners the vote could profoundly change the understanding of marriage, family and parenthood.
And that gay people are bad for children.
As only they could.
The ghastly hypocrites, the murderous bastards.
Evidence has also emerged that children in these homes were used for medical testing, and that their bodies were sold for dissections to medical schools. Poorer families were reportedly subject to worse neglect at the institutions.
And even though the NO side has a lot more money, thanks to the support of many bestial anti-gay groups in the United States.
The referendum has already transformed that country, made it a better place, freed some of its long oppressed LGBT people.
Last week, Ursula Halligan, the well-known and much liked political editor of TV3, came out in the Irish Times.
“For me, there was no first kiss; no engagement party; no wedding,” wrote Halligan. “And up until a short time ago no hope of any of these things. Now, at the age of 54, in a (hopefully) different Ireland, I wish I had broken out of my prison cell a long time ago.”
And brought out the best in so many of their straight friends and allies...
The referendum has been divisive in debate, but unifying in people power. On Saturday, the yes camp saw crowds of people canvassing across the country. Fundraising concerts and club nights have pulled in thousands of euros.
The yes campaign is buoyed by support from children’s charities and an almost endless stream of unexpected voices, including Irish football captain Robbie Keane and the epitome of genteel rural Ireland, singer Daniel O’Donnell.
And for me the most encouraging thing is the way the young have overwhelmingly embraced the cause of marriage equality. Worked so hard to make up for the YES side's financial disadvantage.
Made wonderful ads like this one, to encourage young people to register to vote...
And are now preparing to head for the polls, taking their families with them....
And preparing to make history.
Which of course couldn't make me happier, since I've been fighting for gay rights from the age of twelve.
As I fight today for the rights of all oppressed people.
And I've always believed in this message...
Which may be humble, but couldn't be more human.
Hope will always beat fear.
And love will always beat HATE...
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