(Update 24 May) On 22 May, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote, with voter turnout of more than 60% throughout the nation; 1,201,607 people voted in favor of the landmark referendum, and 734,300 voted against it, passing the measure with just over 61% of the total vote cast and only one of the country’s 43 parliamentary constituencies failing to pass it.
Today, the Republic of Ireland is voting to amend their constitution to allow same-sex marriage in a ground-breaking, history-making referendum that would make them the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage through popular vote. While I can’t see myself getting married, I do think that anyone who wants to get married should be able to get married, and just have to say “Erin go bragh” for this forward-thinking proposal of equality that should make leaders and lawmakers in some other parts of the world writhe in shame.
Below is a map showing the current countries where same-sex marriage is legal either country-wide or in selected jurisdictions – appropriately highlighted in lavender?
I had a great trip to Dublin and Galway back in 2013 and I found the country to be (at least in the urban areas) very traditional, but conversely very open, and as friendly as anywhere I have been. I found some travel slides boxed up in the credenza… the first four are of Dublin – St. Pat’s, Christ Church, St. Stephen’s Green and a roving group of straight men who decided to spend their Sunday afternoon outside PantiBar, serenading the gays with their versions of Abba tunes, most memorably “Chiquitita” – which wasn’t all that bad, considering).
The rest are from possibly the best tour I took while in Ireland, a day-long coach excursion from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher and back around Galway Bay, where the countryside and the landscape a beautiful cliché straight out of The Quiet Man that completely support Ireland’s claim to be the home of fifty shades of green. I liked Galway , but it was a far cry from Dublin and honestly I was hard-pressed to find a gay bar – when I finally did, I ended being the only one there for a pint at 6pm on a Friday evening…. very odd. Anyhoo, enjoy the view, I did.
The best of luck to our friends in Ireland, we are awaiting the results right along with you!