Jun 03 2015

In Historic Vote, Ireland Says Yes to Marriage

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GUEST: Michael Lee-Murphy is an Irish-born, New England-raised, Montreal-schooled reporter – and a Contributing Editor with Ricochet.

In late May, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage by voter referendum. Through a historic campaign in the largely Catholic country, Irish voters defied convention and pollsters to make a huge showing at the ballot box.

Under the banner of “Yes Equality,” young and old, urban and rural, Catholics and non-Catholics voted to extend the right of marriage to all.

The victory was considered a landslide, with 62% voting in favor of marriage. The referendum amends Ireland’s constitution to simply say that marriage is a union between two people, regardless of sex.

To find out more of Michael’s work visit afuriousreturntobasics.wordpress.com.

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