Voters in Ireland passed a referendum authorizing same sex marriage. With that vote, Ireland became the first country to legalize same sex marriages through a popular vote. The usual suspects lined up on each side of the issue and despite the opposition, the sun did rise the next day. Hmmm.
In the US where we tend to think all trends of any substance begin, Ireland’s stunningly simple approach to the question and the seemingly emotionless verdict could be instructive. The question has no losers so why shouldn’t the vote be affirmative? Giving the right to marry to homosexuals takes nothing from any other couple who wish to marry.
This amazingly simple thought (live and let live) hides behind so many US social conflicts, especially those with deep roots in religious taboos. “I don’t want to marry someone of the same sex, so I think you shouldn’t too”. Hmmm.
The Irish gay community, of course, celebrated yesterday. The rest of Ireland simply went upon their business, their eyes a-smiling.