Saturday, May 23, 2015

Catholic Ireland Votes for the Same-Sex Marriage

A map of Ireland
Map courtesy: Magellan Geographix

Ireland, that claims to be about 84% Roman Catholic, on May 23, in a country-wide referendum, voted in majority for the gay marriage, reports the Guardian. A total of 1,201,607 (62.1%) votes were for 'yes' as against 734,300 votes (37.9%) votes for 'no' to the same-sex marriage. More than 60% of the country's population participated in the voting.

This is the first country in the world to officially vote for the change in the country's constitution to allow gay (man-to-man and woman-to-woman) marriage in addition to the traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

The Catholic Church of Ireland as always was against the gay marriage and had hoped that the Irish people would not go for the gay marriage. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said after the vote that the Catholic Church needs to ask if it has drifted away from young people, who overwhelmingly vote in favour of the gay marriage, reports the Irish Times.

Archbishop also said: "I think really that the Church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look a the things it's doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, 'Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?"

He further said: "I think it's a social revolution...It's a social revolution that didn't begin today. It's a social revolution that's been going on, and perhaps in the Church people have not been as clear in understanding what that involved."

"It's very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general," the archbishop said.

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(Updated on June 3, 2015)

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