Ireland, one of the most conservative and Catholic countries in the western world, is the first country EVER to vote in favour of same sex marriage.
Following a historic referendum, Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.
The official result for the marriage equality referendum was declared at Dublin Castle shortly before 7pm:
In total, almost two million people voted.
Speaking after the official result was announced, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland had made history today.
“Our people have truly answered Ireland’s call… we have made history.”
Adding: “Those who voted no did so due to genuine held views which should be respected.”
Meanwhile, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin called the Yes result a “reality check” for the Catholic Church in Ireland.
“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 people in the church have not been clear in their understanding of what that involves,“ he said.
I love how the Archbishop even admits that the church needs to wake up and modernise itself. They’re living in the past.
Being gay is not a sin. A being cannot help being gay, nor shall they be ashamed of it. Being gay is something to be proud of.
Not everyone on this earth should be the same - otherwise it’d be so damn boring. So we have to learn to accept gays. This is the first step.
I think other countries will follow in Ireland’s footsteps. We might be a small and generally moneyless country, but we’ve got a spirit like no other.
Ireland is a free country, it’s accepting and homely. And although the weather can sometimes be atrociously bad, it’s my home and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
Being Pro-Life means working for a culture in which every human person is recognized as willed, loved and necessary and where every human person feels assured that they are willed, loved and necessary.
Anybody who doesn’t show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. They are not just homophobic if they do that — they are actually Godophobic because God loves every one of those people,
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. I would be completely thrilled about this, except that he later followed up with: “Just because a person isn’t in favor of gay marriage doesn’t mean that one is homophobic — let’s be very clear on that.” Hmm. (via BuzzFeed)
… anyone who doesn’t show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. They are not just homophobic if they do that - they are actually Godophobic, because God loves every one of those people.
Dr. Diarmuid Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin
We cannot let this Year of Faith pass and still be a weary Church. We cannot remain the Church of yesterday…We need to seek new paths. We have to Share the Good News with the enthusiasm that good news brings with it.
Faith in Jesus Christ opens us out beyond human horizons. It offers a yearning for knowledge, but also a yearning for goodness, truth and love which changes people. When faith leads to conformism it has betrayed the very nature of faith. Conformism falsely feels that it has attained certainty. Faith is always a leap into the unknown and a challenge to go beyond our own limits and beyond our own narrow certainties and the distorted understanding that comes from them. Without faith our true self can so easily be undermined by human deception.