My Thoughts On The Gay Marriage Referendum
If you don't know, today Ireland could become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a national public vote.
Same sex marriage is legal in 17 countries around the world, in all of these countries the decision was made by the courts or a legislature. But today, all 4.5 million of us (excluding under 18's obviously) are given the chance to choose 'yes' or 'no' on gay marriage legislation.
Over the past couple of weeks the 'yes' and 'no' debate has been the forefront of the news. There are posters everywhere. And I have seen far too many arguments on political T.V shows.
For me, personally, my feelings on this whole thing are pride and a huge sense of progress and growth. You have to have a wide perspective when it comes to these things. I am thinking of the history of Ireland, and even though I have not experienced that history it is so important to remember when thinking of this momentous day. I think it's amazing that something that once was an extremely taboo subject in this country is now a part of most conversations over the dinner table.
Ireland is historically known to be an extremely conservative and Catholic country, abortion is illegal here, divorce was only made legal in 1996, there was tight restrictions on contraception until the mid nighties and homosexuality was only decriminalised in 1993 after years of pressure from European authorities.
For decades Ireland has been known to be one of the most difficult countries in the western world to be a homosexual.
And now, here we are in 2015, with a popular 'yes' vote for same-sex marriage being very likely. All political parties supporting it and poll's showing the yes vote is in the lead and I personally don't know anyone who plans to vote 'no'.
I think that's pretty damn amazing. Look how much things have changed. Look how far we have come in such a short space of time. Only 22 years ago homosexual was ILLEGAL for goodness sake. Now, we are a prominently tolerate nation, who believes in equality for all of it's citizens.
I hope the 'yes' vote does get passed. And I'm pretty sure it will. Imagine, if we, the Irish people, one of the most conservative nations in history all come together and CHOOSE for gay marriage to be legalised. I hope other countries, who may be in a period of unrest, maybe have poor human right laws, or who are extremely intolerable of minority groups look at us, Ireland of the 21st century and see that things can change. Values can change, an entire society can change.
#makegráthelaw - make love the law.