The Almost Entirely Emerald Isle

Only the Roscommon-South Leitrim Constituency voted “NO” and that was by barely more than one thousand votes.

  • vol

    The only people to vote no were old people and muslims of all ages.

    • TampaDink

      I hope that they will come to realize that their opposition to something that will not affect them plays out….and their lives will go on, unchanged.

    • Reality.Bites

      Ireland’s Muslim population is just over 1%, It’s not possible to get accurate polling information for such a tiny group so I wonder where you get your information from. Indeed, with no exit polling, I wonder on what you base your claim that “only” old people voted no. You can be sure that a substantial minority of younger people, probably 20% or so, voted no.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        “It’s not possible to get accurate polling information for such a tiny group…”

        Yes, but blind bigotry is just soooooo easy.

        • Reality.Bites

          Incidentally, while looking into marriage law in Ireland I noticed that while major Christian denominations are permitted to conduct religious ceremonies, as are Jewish, there is no provision for religious Muslim marriage. Of course all people are free to marry civilly and have whatever religious ceremony the wish, but it is not right that certain faiths are allowed to perform the legal aspects of a wedding and others are not.

          • Gustav2

            Must be a state approved religion?

          • Reality.Bites

            I don’t think it’s so much a matter of approved but that countries like Ireland and the UK used to have little immigration and therefore not much religious diversity, while Canada and the United States long ago had to adapt to the fact that there were going to be dozens if not hundreds of denominations and laws needed to allow for all of them to marry. In lots of American states they just threw up their hands and said “If you say you’re a minister, you’re a minister and we really don’t care as long as the paperwork is filed correctly and they’re legally able to marry. Other places require an organization to be registered and established – MCC was established here in Ontario for 25 years before their ministers could officiate at weddings.

            So when England brought in marriage they had to specifically legislate on whether or not individual religions could have same-sex marriages, while in Canada and the U.S. no such legislation was required.

            And of course some countries, like Spain and France, just recognize civil marriage and afterwards if you want to pay a disgusting old pervert in robes to say some magic words over you, that’s your business.

          • The Irish Constitution has the fingerprints of the RCC (specifically the then Archbishop of Dublin) all over it.

            You don’t need to read further than the Preamble :
            In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, we, the people of Éire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ . . .

            No doubt back in 1937 The RCC considered itself very gracious to allow Protestants and even “the perfidious Jews” to marry in accordance with their religion — but Muslims? Shock horror!

    • elvigy

      The vast majority of the no votes came from Christians.

      • BobSF_94117

        I suspect the majority of yes votes came from Christians, too.

        • elvigy

          Yeah, that’s pretty much my point. Lumping whole groups of people into one blanket statement is stupid (plus in this case there’s no evidence it’s even true).

    • Silver_Witch

      Actually I think you are probably wrong. Strongly catholic persons were probably those that voted no. There was a wonderful ad where a 90 year old devout catholic woman with bunches and bunches of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is voting YES because she believe everyone who loves should have the right to marry the one they love regardless of their genitals. It is true…it was not the OLD.

      • James

        There was a Catholic nun who was advocating a YES vote too. But there
        was talk that the NO side was relying in part on recent immigrants from
        your more homophobic countries. But who knows, that might’ve just been a
        nasty little bit of racism injected into what was otherwise a very
        civil YES campaign.

        • Silver_Witch

          Hatred is everywhere sadly as is racisism – I found the whole process so heartwarming….

        • I.Smith

          I just hope they never asked NOM for the buses for them, because they only have one.

        • Jonty Coppersmith

          I wouldn’t have thought recent immigrants would be eligible to vote.

          • James

            Recently new citizens, then.

    • Gustav2

      Our Muslim neighbors will be thrilled when we can be legal after 30 years, as we were thrilled to write affidavits so they could legitimize their ‘tribal village’ marriage so ‘Sally’ could stay with her citizen husband.

      …and yes the 4 kids under 12 know, we are honorary uncles.

    • Who cares? The referendum passed overwhelmingly.

    • Helen in Ireland

      Not true! we had a 101 year old lady who voted YES! The only divide was the perception of marriage and family. Fortunately most people supported ALL of Ireland’s children.

    • and not ALL the old voted NO, for many Irish have seen the suffering that discrimination and nonrecognition brings

  • BrianInNH

    We are celebrating by going out with friends tonight to a local Irish pub. What a wonderful day!

  • JustSayin

    I am curious if the Queen will make a statement

    • Craig Howell

      Why would she? Not her table.

      • Reality.Bites

        She would not make a statement even if such a referendum were to take place in the UK. But to comment on the internal affairs of Ireland would be grotesquely inappropriate.

      • TommyTune

        And yet, she did tell the people of Scotland that they should “think very carefully about their vote” whether to secede or not and that was very clearly “not her table” either. So, such rare statements from Her Royal Majesty are not entirely unheard of.

        • Baltimatt

          Scotland is part of the United Kingdom. Ireland (other than Northern Ireland) is not.

          • TommyTune

            I’m well aware of that. All the more reason for her not to worry about interfering when making a statement of congratulation.

          • Reality.Bites

            No, all the more reason not to say a bloody word about something that’s none of her business, none of the UK’s business and would be rightly resented by the Irish no matter what she said.

  • Bill T.

    Congratulations, Ireland.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Interesting to see that Ireland has its own Alabama/Louisiana/Mississippi/Texas.

    • DaddyRay

      Every family has that “one” relative they rather not talk about

      • Justin

        One? Rather more than that in the genetically-related-but-not-by-my-choice collection of putatively organic beings of which I am a member through no choice of my own. Oops. Did that sound bitter?

        • Canadian Observer

          MMM, maybe just a touch.

    • Ninja0980

      Every state in the U.S. has their own mini one, Ireland might as well.

    • occono

      Alabama voted 81% to ban marriage and civil unions. Not even comparable.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        I see your point, but keep in mind that that vote was nine years ago, and opinions in both Ireland and Alabama have shifted since then. Though not nearly as much in Alabama, unfortunately.

        • Jonty Coppersmith

          I doubt opinions in AL have shifted much at all in the last decade. Roy Moore was re-elected to the state supreme court after being kicked off. That doesn’t seem like a sign of an evolution in thinking.

  • Ninja0980

    On a serious note, we can celebrate the fact this shows the RCC has lost a lot of power in Ireland.
    I just hope we take a moment to remember what it took for that to happen.
    The innocence of children being destroyed, unwed mothers having their children taken away from them and other horrible things.

    • bkmn

      IF they cared about children they would quit trying to label innocent gay people as pedophiles. That shields people who identify as str8 like Josh Duggar, Jerry Sandusky and half the RCC priests who actually are molesting children.

    • D. J.
      • lymis

        I’d re-read that. At first glance, it seems like he’s being supportive. On a re-read, he’s saying that they’re losing hold and need to re-evaluate why they aren’t still in control.

        • D. J.

          I did rather enjoy the last short paragraph. It seemed to have a “Holy Shit, how do we fix this?” tone of desperation to it.

          • Ontogenesis

            I enjoyed that he’s about as clueless as the GOP in figuring out how to win back the hearts of young people. They think they just need to repackage their shit to seem cool.

        • oikos

          They are toast.

        • joe ho

          it’s like the gop. they’re saying it’s their messaging that’s faulty, not their message.

          unfortunately many of their messages, as with homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered, are based on fantasies, lies, and not reality. reality has a way of asserting itself, sooner or later. that’s their real dilemma.

      • Soren456

        He’s not supportive.

        He’s saying that people—and especially the younger generation—have just “misunderstood” what the church teaches on this issue.

        I’d say that he’s in denial. And that he’s gonna yell louder.

        And he is definitely NOT rethinking his dogma.

        • IamM

          Hmm, is this him?

          • Soren456

            That’s him.

            And those clothes are so last century. They just make him look naive.

          • IamM

            Naive? I wouldn’t know. The altar boys would probably be the ones to ask about that.

        • Eric in Oakland

          “We have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities. We won’t begin again with a sense of renewal with a sense of denial,” he said.

          “I ask myself, most of these young people who voted yes are products of our Catholic school system for 12 years. I’m saying there’s a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the Church.”

          You’re right. He’s in denial if he thinks the young people don’t understand the Church’s teaching. They understand it just fine, and reject it for the rubbish it is.

      • From the story:
        “The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, said the hierarchy may even reconsider its position on whether priests would continue to solemnise the civil aspect of a marriage if the vote was passed.”

        Er, what does THAT mean? That priests will henceforth refuse to sign the registry book? They don’t “solemnise” gay-marriages in any case, so they’re going to take their spite out on straight couples by making their marriages legally meaningless? That’s the way to drive their flock into the hands of the Protestants, if not straight to the Registry Office.

        • Veylon

          Imagine being one of those 700k people who voted ‘NO’ and having the RCC slap you across the face despite your loyalty.

          The RCC can’t possibly be stupid enough to go through with this; punishing and humiliating their own base (the people who would most value such solemnizing) would effectively end the RCC in Ireland and gravely damage it abroad. Even talking about it is foolish.

          • I wouldn’t put it past them; they have a very long history of self-destructive stupidity, especially in Ireland.

          • rusty57

            Is there anything more spiteful than a thwarted priest?

        • Seems to me the Parliament should save them the handwringing and take their ability to preside over the civil aspect of a wedding away from their clutches and leave them only the extralegal religious blessing of the civil and legal ceremony. Of course, the same should be done here in the USA too. No church has any business being involved in the creation of a legal contract when it has no say in its legal dissolution.

          • That, of course, is how the French have handled these matters since Napoleon’s day. Legal marriage in the Town Hall first, extra-legal religious blessing after.

            Your point about the Church having no say in the dissolution of marriage contract is valid — but just as importantly, it does not determine, confer, nor administer the legal benefits flowing from it. Not even in the US.

  • Blake Jordan

    Now the rest of Ireland knows which county to blacklist…

    • BrianInNH

      48% of that county voted “yes” and it’s the most rural county in Ireland.

      • Blake Jordan

        I was not being serious… well not entirely…

  • S1AMER

    Oh, happy day!

    The whole world is watching, and the whole world will notice (including the five conservative [and Catholic!] Supreme Court justices).

    Now, on to Germany!

    • Paul

      And Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, and Austria

      • carswell

        Australia’s a natural. As soon as Prime Bigot Minister Tony Abbott loses his grip on power, it’s almost certain to happen.

        • Paul

          Hopefully he’ll allow a conscience vote when the necessary votes are gathered.

  • stevenj

    Looks to be just a hair over 63% voted in favor.

    • DaddyRay

      62.07% to be exact

      • Reality.Bites

        Pretty thick hair. 😉

  • DaddyRay

    Cheers to Yes Equality, such an impressive turnout

  • joseliafcfs

    Not to piss on anyone’s parade, but the No vote did a lot better than any of the polls had predicted. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-fourth_Amendment_of_the_Constitution_(Marriage_Equality)_Bill_2015#Opinion_polls ) I wonder if the Yes would’ve won if the campaign were a just a bit longer.

    • Ninja0980

      Thankfully we won’t have to worry about that.

    • James

      Which was also predicted. The important thing here is that the good guys won.

    • Silver_Witch

      I suspect that the longer the campaign the MORE YES votes, not less – give people time to learn and grow and oddly enough they will. We just hear a lot more from all the very loud asshats…they are not as popular or common as we think. They are just incredibly loud.

      • joseliafcfs

        give people time to learn and grow and oddly enough they will

        That’s awfully optimistic and ignores that fact that in many parts of the world, people can grow more bigoted about gay and other minority rights (cf. Russia). Progress in chronology doesn’t equal progress in values – to give a very dramatic example, see how Germany ‘progressed’ from the Weimar Republic to the Nazi state. And by the way, pundits in Ireland were speaking of a free fall for the Yes vote in the last few weeks before the vote. In light of the the differences between the surveys, that seems exaggerated, but given the No performance in the real count, not so much, I guess.

    • Dramphooey

      Womp-womp.

    • Frankly it doesn’t matter what mighta, woulda, shoulda, coulda happened. It has happened and the people of Ireland by a significant margin chose equality for its people.

      • What?

        Yup. It’s great when the people understand they live in a democracy and extend equality to all citizens.

        Now, if we could just get that message to the Southern states…

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      There were a lot of undecideds in the polls I read. The 70% YES statistic referred to 70% of those who had already decided. The undecideds were not included in the reported YES/NO polling percentages.

    • wineflask

      I don’t know what your (or your country’s) experience of referenda is. Even 55% is considered a huge success. If a topic isn’t controversial, you don’t do a referendum about it. Polls… ah, polls. They have no 538 over there, you know.

  • HoneyBoySmith

    I say we all take a trip to Ireland. I’ll buy the first round of drinks!

  • James

    Looking at Roscommon-South Leitrim like

    • Baltimatt

      One day an American tourist walked into an Irish pub somewhere in County Roscommon. Strangely enough, under the American’s arm was a healthy, Irish pig.

      “If you don’t mind me askin,” says the bartender, “Where’d you get that animal from?”

      “I won him in a raffle,” says the pig.

      http://www.irelandlogue.com/craic/irish-joke-of-the-day-lucky-pig.html

  • bkmn

    Impressive! Good work Ireland Yes team!

  • Silver_Witch

    Anyone else notice that that NO county looks kind-of like a dick? Happy happy happy!!! Today is a wonderful day!!!

    • Judas Peckerwood

      A sad, droopy dick.

      • BobSF_94117

        Looks a bit like a Leprechaun dick on a typical, cold Irish day.

    • Capritaur

      I shall refrain from commenting since I see dicks in everything.

      • clay

        lucky you

      • Silver_Witch

        hehehe…well it is a dick with some sort of disorder for sure.

    • Michael Senesac

      I live in Florida, if you want a proper dick.

      • Silver_Witch

        It is totally a dick and not in a nice way at all – usually I like them however there are a few that are distasteful.

      • TampaDink

        A proper FLACCID dick. If Florida ever got fully aroused, Key West would penetrate the Cape Fear River.

  • David L. Caster

    That little patch seems to be wearing a red cape. I wonder what that means?

  • itsmrben

    Slight FYI: It appears that they have rejected the other referendum that was up (the one to reduce the minimum age to run for president.)

    • James

      No big surprise there. 21 is way too young.

      • occono

        It’s the same age as the minimum for the Taoíseach, the actual head of state. And I think the legislature wanted to avoid debating on arbitrary numbers, when no 21 year old candidate would ever be considered but it’s the age of adulthood. An excellent candidate of any age before 35 can’t run for the presidency, which only gets elected every 7 or 14 years.

      • Reality.Bites

        Old enough to vote, old enough to stand for office. If a country’s electorate can’t be trusted not to vote for an unqualified president (I’m looking at YOU, USA), then age isn’t going to make a difference.

        • James

          I think kids should be involved in politics and the voting age should be lowered, but at 21 you’re barely cooked and certainly not ready for the type of responsibility and mature thinking needed to run a country.

  • delk

    Looks oddly familiar.

  • Sam

    Well, there’s always one in every party. Still, Congrats Ireland. The US is not far behind ya.

  • joe ho

    Another stunning victory for NOM, who mentored and helped finance the NO campaign.

    And this comes soon after their declared launch of an internationally focused organization.

    • Mike C

      I hope they spent a ton.

      • forcebear

        And Brian Brownshirt gained one.

  • ericxdc

    Congratulations Ireland!

    Congratulations to all our brothers, sisters and allies in Ireland!

    Congratulations equality and freedom!

    And even, congratulations Roscommon-South Leitrim. If about 500 votes went the other way out of over 36,000 cast, you would have been green, too. Not bad. And much better than most Southern US states could ever hope for.

    What a terrific day!

    • Prixator

      I hope that Roscommon-South Leitrim are not singled out now and treated poorly. I hope that there will be some gentle approach that involves education, rather than condemnation.

      • GC

        That goes for all the “no” voters! They too are fellow human beings.

        They’ll go on to see that the sky utterly fails to fall in the Emerald Isle.

  • joe ho

    Roscommon-South Leitrim, destined to become a pilgrimage shrine for the RCC.

    • matt n

      there’s nothing there. it’s muddy nothing. people just drive past it. it’s ireland’s version of a fly over state.

  • JalapeñoBusiness

    The Roscommon-South Leitrim Constituency voted NO? The Duggars must have a summer home there.

  • Xana

    Has Bill Donohue weighed in yet?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      .. about 350 pounds, I’d say.

      • ericxdc

        who knew evil was high in calories?!

        • JalapeñoBusiness

          It’s all carbs. Like butter.

          • Sebastian

            Butter is not a carb!

          • JalapeñoBusiness

            It is too. I read it on the label. It’s in Swedish.

          • David L. Caster

            The milk solids are. But you are mostly right. Butter is cow oil.

          • clay

            Is it a gluten?

          • geoffalnutt

            Home schoolin’ taught me!! It’s a legume, like us. I think dolphins and carrots are too.

          • BudClark

            It’s one of the Four Food Groups, along with biscuits, bacon, and fried chicken.

      • Reality.Bites
        • KnownDonorDad

          ?uestlove!

    • JalapeñoBusiness

      Last tweet was 2/21, so not yet

      https://twitter.com/CatholicLeague/with_replies

      • BobSF_94117

        They’re too busy shredding all the papers…

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      The real Catholic Church in Ireland has an actual reaction:

      https://twitter.com/rtenews/status/602142372848390144

      • ericxdc

        “the Catholic Church needs to do a reality check” and in other “duh news…”

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Of course… but they admit it.

          • ericxdc

            give ’em a millennium or two, i’m sure they’ll come around.

      • David L. Caster

        No kidding.

      • Reality.Bites

        The Catholic Church needs to make Jim Jones the pope.

      • matt n

        “perhaps the church hasn’t been as understanding as it could have,” you think?

      • matt n

        l love the reporter politely lecturing the bishop at 4:47

      • Steven Leahy

        This chuch is as clueless as ever, They seem to think the issue is that they’re just not getting their message across, when clearly the issue is that their message needs to CHANGE,

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Sounds like the GOP, doesn’t it?

          • Steven Leahy

            YES

    • David L. Caster

      I’m guessing Joe will start the fun with the sadzers tomorrow. Right now there is too much direct joy to be had in our victories.

      • clay

        Scroll down, my young jedi.

        Joe was posting them as soon as the “congratulations”/concessions started coming in.

        • David L. Caster

          I’d already noticed that. I was thinking Joe would be too involved in the Eurovision 2015 Finals and basking in the glow of the Irish victory to be bothered with the likes of Porno Pete and Bri-Bri of the NOM-nuts. But I guess the blogging must go on. I hope he gets a nap in sometime soon.

    • GayOldLady

      “Has Bill Donohue weighed in yet?”
      He’d likely break the scales today.

      • matt n

        ha ha! his neck alone. does he have the gout or what!

  • William

    Every silver lining must have its cloud.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Also true of rainbows.

  • Phil in Colorado

    Wanted to do a shout out and a BIG thank you to Panti Bliss! She, and of course many, many others made this a wonderful day for all of Ireland. You’re a hero…. 🙂

  • Homo Erectus

    Joe, while we appreciate all you’ve done for our community, isn’t it time for your nap? You’ve been on overtime for a while now. (Thanks!)

  • DumbHairyApe

    What I Learned From This Map

    by DumbHairyApe

    People shouldn’t live in the middle of a country. People should live on coastal areas with ports, where they can be exposed to the entire diversity of people who inhabit the world by the natural flow and ebb of societies and other cultures….be exposed to different ways of thinking and NOT be landlocked by homogeneous thinking.

    Diversity Good, Homogeneity Bad.

    • David L. Caster

      Cities are also good at manifesting diversity.

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      Point taken, but I can’t help thinking that people in those coastal cities might soon have to move to the middle of their countries in order to escape rising seas.

      • Reality.Bites

        Sure, but those areas will be coastal too then!

        • Jonty Coppersmith

          LOL, didn’t think of that!

    • lymis

      Ireland is roughly the size of Indiana. If you put it on the US coast, the entire country would be considered a coastal state – even if one side of it was inland. Given that it has coast all the way around (being an island and all), you’re point is sort of misguided.

      • What?

        Yeah, there are too many exceptions to that rule (New Mexico vs. Alaska, for example). I’d say cities in general tend to be more tolerant than rural areas. But very generally.

      • DumbHairyApe

        ok. I never said I was a smart hairy ape.

        • Edmund Allin

          LOL

      • The Roaming Invert

        Also, all other landlocked counties voted yes so hmm….

  • caphillprof

    It’s like Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day rolled into one.

  • Dramphooey

    I decided to see what FreeRepublic was saying and came across this post: “Would expect to see Potato Famine 2.0 soon.”

    Oh no! God is going to kill all of their potatoes again!

    • matt n

      morons… here we go

    • What?

      This gem from Lucianne Goldberg’s site:

      “Time for straights to stop getting married. No point in it anymore. Just do a contract, think up a name for it and be done with it.

      It´s sort of like the cities torn apart by black rioting. All the whites should just move out and let them have it.”

      • Gustav2

        OMGhazi!

      • James

        Yes. Just make up a contract, and be done with it. And then when you can’t visit your dying loved one in hospital maybe you’ll get a fucking clue.

        • forcebear

          Yes. Let them spend $6000 on paperwork and see how much they don’t get.

      • KnownDonorDad

        That’s one of the most unhinged ideas I’ve seen from the anti-gay side. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

        • What?

          You’re most welcome. Lucianne, like wnd and some others, is a regular gold mine of crazy. I can’t imagine what the comments will be when SCOTUS rules in our favor next month.

  • matt n

    fuck you, bill donohue. guess you can’t put your plastic paddy feet on the old sod ever again. pity, that.

  • joe ho

    Richard Dawkins tweets: Congratulations, Ireland. Splendid smack in the chops for the country’s dominant, but thankfully dying, church.

    • JalapeñoBusiness

      The church isn’t dying, they’re evolving. The members are pulling it kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

      • TampaDink

        I think that they’ll hit their stride & some real momentum will kick in once they get into the 19th century.

        • JalapeñoBusiness

          LOL

        • billbear1961

          Spot on, TD!

    • matt n

      did he really tweet that? brilliant. it sounds like something he’d say. he’s got no patience for nonsense. so refreshing.

      • joe ho

        he did. you should follow him on twitter. he pulls no punches.

        • matt n

          sounds like the sort of thing stephen fry would also say. no punches either.

          • joe ho

            everybody likes to hate dawkins and harris. but they’ve done so much to help skeptics come out of the closet and say no to the religious nonsense.

          • matt n

            sam harris is arguably the most important thinker alive today. he’s considering things that the world needs to think hard about and he’s nudging the world.

          • joe ho

            and he gets attacked by the atheist/agnostic community as well as by the religious.

          • matt n

            i know, especially after that ass ben affleck on bill maher’s show.

          • vorpal

            I’m not a big fan of Harris, but that’s simply because I just find his style of communication somehow rubs me the wrong way. I appreciate his contributions immensely, but I can’t stand to listen to / read his stuff.

            Dawkins, on the other hand, is awesome. He’s not quite at the level that Christopher Hitchens was in terms of pure, unadulterated cleverness and awesomeness, but he’s not far off.

          • sherman

            I can enjoy him with the sound off, or on.

          • joe ho

            you should check out jeffrey tayler’s weekly articles in salon. he has a lot of the hitchens in him.

            http://www.salon.com/writer/jeffrey_tayler/

          • vorpal

            Somewhat of an aside, but have you ever checked out Jim Jefferies? If you like crass atheist humour with support for gay rights, he’s got that nailed.

          • joe ho

            i’ll check him out on youtube.

            do you ready jerry coyne’s blog whyevolutionistrue.com? he’s another important scientist/atheist activist. for me he’s a daily read.

            his new book faith vs. fact why science and religion aren’t compatible is selling well.

    • wineflask

      I’m a bit too female to be impressed by Dawkins. But the man is undoubtedly smart.

      • billbear1961

        Hope very much there will soon be more progress towards equality in Italy, wf!

  • RJ Tremor

    Yeah, saw that while looking through the stats earlier, went “Oh… that’s gonna be awkward for awhile.”

  • matt n

    and for the colorblind among us–like me–the whole map is green!

  • bambinoitaliano

    Even the red region only won by 51% no? So let’s not demonize the entire region. And to those 49% We all still love you and thank you!!

    • The vote there came out 51-49% so a better way to think of it is that the No side won by only 2%.

  • ericxdc

    I got this after Adrian+Shane were covered on JMG http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2015/04/ireland-artists-say-yes-equality.html

    So thrilled for them, for Ireland, and for equality. “Yes” … indeed!!!

  • matt n

    the great majority of the irish: acting like jesus.
    religious bigots: acting like pharisees.

    • billbear1961

      Beautifully put!

      • matt n

        thanks, they forget this fast

  • Baltimatt

    Interesting analysis (in German). http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/volksabstimmung-zur-homo-ehe-wie-das-katholische-irland-sich-revolutioniert-1.2492164-2

    Basically, Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe. Once a poor but beautiful country, economic growth in the 1990s help lure a young, educated workforce. Then the economic meltdown in 2010 put Sinn Féin in a favorable light. Add in the series of abuses found within the Catholic Church, and we got where we are today.

    I’m not that familiar with Irish politics, so feel free to chime in here.

  • ericxdc

    The Irish Times perfectly summed up the last two glorious days:

  • KnownDonorDad

    “All right, we’ll call it a draw.”

  • Mark

    That red thing ! – is that a ghost? a fucked up cross?…or what?

    • KnownDonorDad

      That does look eerie, doesn’t it. Banshee?

  • Baltimatt
    • Gene

      Hello all! landed and got in rental car to receive this….wow.
      I admit it, I saw the pic of Panti Bliss and I WEPT…pure joy. WHAT a day.
      and yes Baotimatt, my cousins in the North are embarassed…it will happen there SOON…and then only Germany of all the nations of Europe with an Atlantic coast will not have marriage equality.
      Ireland? Land of the Magdalan laundries, and Catholic nuns who tirtured students, and only with divorce in the last few decades….now, the first nation to do this by vote (albeit their constitution demanded it that way)….proud moment.
      this is like a dream…and the fact that it is the conservatives nightmare…even better!!!!

  • DaddyRay

    If that red spot persists Ireland should have it checked out

  • JR

    Well, we know where Ireland’s bunghole is located. Congratulations, Roscommon.

  • billbear1961

    To the knights and ladies of chivalrous Ireland!

    Emerald Isle!

    Pearl of great price!

    HURRAH!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DzTevEaWKQ

  • Cyril

    Wouldn’t it by great to open up a huge gay bar in that little red region