It’s beautiful day to be Irish. As many of you were aware today the Republic of Ireland went to the polls, with the potential to make history becoming the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a national referendum, a method that would amend the country’s constitution.
Not only is this the first time that the issue has been to put to a public vote, it is a historic turning-point worldwide in the quest for marriage equality, today history has been made, with Ireland voting YES to marriage equality.
SameSame.com.au reports: Following a higher than expected turnout to the non-compulsory vote, the amendment to extend the right to marry to all couples regardless of gender will be passed with a decisive 2-to-1 majority across the republic.
I’m calling it. Key boxes opened. It’s a yes. And a landslide across Dublin. And I’m so proud to be Irish today. #MarRef
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) May 23, 2015
In the past many marriage equality activists across the globe have often advised against using a referendum to decide on minority civil rights issues, however Ireland’s historic decision might be a game changer in the quest for marriage equality sending out the clear message that the people want marriage equality whether the current government may or may not.
With Ireland saying yes to marriage equality, this makes Australia the only developed English-speaking country without marriage equality.
Australia we’re seriously on the wrong side of history. It’s time!