Ireland is now a country that has officially legalized gay marriage. With an astounding landslide win of 1,201,607 YES votes, the country has, apparently, become a vanguard of social change.
According to a BBC report, the reason behind this social revolution is because most gay couples would like the ‘status’ that comes with being married. Now that the proposal has been passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex will have the same status under the Irish constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman. They will be recognized as a family and be entitled to the constitutional protection for families.
Ireland is the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 countries worldwide.
The NO Votes
In a separate statement, Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, personally voted “No” arguing that gay rights should be respected “without changing the definition of marriage”. In one opposition commercial, it said “You should be able to have reservations about gay marriage without being called a homophobe”.
There were 734,300 who voted NO to Gay Marriage.
Implications ~ What does this mean for Catholic countries the world over? The concept of marriage, which originally was for heterosexual relationships has now become admissible for homosexual relationships. What does this mean for the very foundation of marriage?
This mandate has only opened a can of worms. Bringing about more questions for families (not to mention children who will be growing up in households where Daddy-Daddy / Mommy-Mommy are one and the same). Now that the marriage ideal has been blurred, we are now opening the floodgates of how modern marriages should be recognized. The historical passing of this law in Ireland will rock the very foundations of marriage and families the world over. Whether it is “for better or worse”, only time can tell.