Today’s Irish Daily Mirror

  • DaddyRay

    I hope their is a huge Irish contingent in the Pride Parade, it will get huge cheers

    On a side note I am so happy it was a landslide victory because it will not be contested and sends a clear message

    • Landslide means “just scraped through” in NOM speak.

      • David Walker

        As I recall, the twig used that word after the 2004 election.

        • If the SCOTUS had elected you President you’d probably call it a landslide too.

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    • BobSF_94117

      And not only landslide but it won across the country (or just about).

  • zhera

    Also, it’s Saturday Sodomy Day!

    • medaka

      Sodom Day! Sodom Day night’s all right!

      • SockMikey

        Sorry Charlie! (Medaka) 🙂

        Today is Saturn-day!

        … when we put a ring on it!
        (At least in Ireland!)


  • The Professor

    Prepare for a landslide of Erin Go Sadz.

    • joeyj1220

      deliciously waiting!!!

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Big Gay Strikes: AGAIN.

  • Harley

    Take that Bill Donahue. Stick that up your keister.

    • Billanddogs

      He might first have to remove the kitchen sink in there.

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        no, even with the sink he’s got excess shelf space in there.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      “Ireland has taken leave of its senses. Good thing the Catholic “league” is still here in “god’fearing USA to tell everyone what I think they should be doing.”

  • oikos
  • Sam_Handwich

    The first confirmed result of the day in Ireland has been announced. It’s 70.4% in favour of Yes in Dublin’s North West constituency with a 60% turnout.

    • RoFaWh

      The haters will spin that as “only 42%”.

  • John B.

    Congratulations to my Irish friends (and distant cousins). We should never have to have our rights put to a popular vote, but it sure feels good when we can beat the other side at their own game. 2012–Maine, Maryland, Washington & Minnesota–was so, so wrong and felt so, so good.

  • Ginger Snap

    It’s a good day to be gay not only on Ireland but in the World.

    • Mel Jones

      It’s a good day to be a human being. Sometimes we are really wonderful. I like those days.

    • Kay

      Are you serious? Tell that to gay people in the Middle East where Isis is on a major hate run…Tell that to gay Gambians whose PM promises to slice open their throats…Tell that to Russian gays. Talk about a self-centered comment. You could say it is a good day to be gay in certain parts of Western Europe and the Americas…but come on now!

      • billbear1961

        That’s right–don’t let us celebrate for a single goddamned second!

        Make us carry the weight of the world on our conscience every minute of every day, 24/7, until we’re driven into the ground in DESPAIR!!

        We fight the good fight, and we have a right SOMETIMES to CELEBRATE when things, at last, turn out well!!

        We aren’t fucking MACHINES, robots constantly ready for battle!

        Save your accurate sermons for the enemy and for an appropriate time, not for the middle of a celebration!!

        We KNOW about the horrendous things happening to many gays in the hellholes of the world!

        We see it all the time on this blog, where we also witness the relentless and daily onslaught of hatred and malice directed our way right here in THIS country!

        We don’t need to be reminded of it right now during a CELEBRATION of love’s triumph in Ireland!!

      • People4Humanity

        May I offer you a fresh bowl of Wheaties™?

      • Megaera

        Kay, many people’s lives are awful beyond belief. But I am 100% certain that news like this lifts their hearts too, and gives them a little hope for their future. Even if it’s over the rainbow and far away, knowing that there’s a place where people like yourself are accepted, that the whole world doesn’t hate and condemn and hunt you, that there are people who might speak for you… it would mean a lot. So even in those places where LGBT folk are terribly persecuted, I think, relatively speaking, it’s a good and affirming day in their lives.

        • billbear1961

          A very gracious post

          • Megaera

            Thank you, Billbear. 🙂

        • I realize there are worse places in this world to live than Texas — far worse — but you have exactly described how I have felt every time a nation or state has recognized marriage equality. Since the Netherlands it has been uplifting to see this progress, and today is no different. Thank you.

          • SockMikey

            Same here Stogiebear,

            Native Dallasite…

        • BudClark

          EVERY victory brings HOPE, even to the DARKEST corners of the world.

      • Macbill

        Celebrate our victories and mourn our losses.

      • Ginger Snap

        Every win for us spreads hope to every GLBT person all over the world.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Strange, this morning’s edition of Osservatore Romano doesn’t cover it at all

    • oikos

      Must have been an oversight. I’m sure it will be in the next edition. 🙂

    • Kissmagrits

      Vatican City is occupied with other things this morning -such as stuffing the household silver in pillow cases and arranging for carriages.

    • Mike in Texas

      They’re sick of Cardinal Dolan telling the world what they really meant. They’re going to skip their part and just wait for him to shoot off his mouth.

    • People4Humanity

      The Pope believes not in myths; He is waiting for the official results. They want to publish this in Osservatore Romano Sunday edition, front page, in color, above the fold.

    • BobSF_94117

      Actually, they do! Page 2, bottom right.

      R e f e re n d u m
      in Irlanda
      sui matrimoni
      tra omosessuali
      DU B L I N O
      , 22. Seggi aperti in Irlan-
      da, dove gli elettori sono chiamati
      a decidere con un referendum sul
      tema dei matrimoni tra omosessua-
      li. In concreto, gli aventi diritto
      dovranno pronunciarsi su un
      emendamento alla Costituzione che
      autorizza il matrimonio tra due
      persone senza distinzioni di genere.
      A votare sono circa 3,2 milioni di
      elettori. I seggi hanno aperto sta-
      mane alle 7 ora locale e chiuderan-
      no alle 22.
      In Irlanda nel 2010 sono state
      introdotte le unioni civili fra perso-
      ne dello stesso sesso. Alla vigilia
      del voto di oggi i sondaggi danno
      in vantaggio i «sì» rispetto ai
      «no», anche se con un margine
      Tutto in effetti potrebbe ancora
      succedere: negli ultimi giorni il
      fronte che si oppone ai matrimoni
      fra omosessuali ha conquistato
      punti nelle rilevazioni dei sondag-
      gisti. Gli analisti ritengono che sarà
      determinante l’affluenza alle urne.
      Gli elettori sono chiamati inoltre
      a esprimersi su una proposta che
      chiede di abbassare a ventun’anni
      l’età minima di eleggibilità alla ca-
      rica di capo dello Stato, finora po-
      sta a trentacinque anni.

      • BudClark

        One machine translation:

        R e f e re d u n m
        between homosexuals
        DU B L I N
        , 22. Seats open in Ireland
        from, where voters are called
        to decide in a referendum on
        theme of homosexual marriages
        them. Concretely, those eligible
        They will rule on a
        amendment to the Constitution that
        permitting marriage between two
        People irrespective of gender.
        A vote is about 3.2 million
        voters. The polling station opened
        remains at 7 am local time chiuderan-
        22 to no.
        In Ireland in 2010 were
        introduced civil unions between personal
        it the same sex. On the eve
        of today’s vote the polls
        lead the ‘yes’ than
        “No”, albeit with a margin
        Everything may in fact still
        happen in the last days the
        front that opposes marriages
        between homosexuals won
        points in the surveys of sondag-
        GISTI. Analysts believe that it will be
        determining the turnout.
        Voters are also called
        to comment on a proposal that
        He asks to lower to twenty
        the minimum age of eligibility to the posts
        rica head of state, so far Po-
        is thirty-five years.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Am I late to the party?!! Where’s every one at? Seems like leaning to win still not done counting. Can I pop the cork yet?

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Pop everything you got. Even the haters concede it’s a massive “TA”

    • billbear1961

      Pop away!

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    My joy is tempered with knowing that now that Ireland has approved sodomite marriage the LORT will send tornadoes to Oklahoma and Kansas, hurricanes to Florida, and blizzards to North Dakota. Prepare for the wrath oh ye how had nothing to do with this!

    • People4Humanity

      Mighty tho His power; Lo, awkward is His aim.

    • Ed Burrow

      Fordham….you make me so hot with this talk about sodomite anything.
      oh…wait…you’re fer realz?

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        I am as real as they come…

    • Macbill

      “the LORT”? Who is that? Is it Sauron from the LOTR (Lord of the Rings)?

  • Chuck in NYC

    70+%!! What a great day!!

    While I’m sure our opponents are furiously drafting “What works in Ireland can’t work in the U.S. because…” statements, they know full well they’re wasting their time. ‘Cause our time is coming here, too.

  • Kissmagrits

    As Ireland goes, so goes all three of the Americas and all former British colonies. And, if we work at it, the RCC will be struggling just to pay the dry cleaning bills on their pretty frocks.

    Good job, Ireland – and always know that your American brothers and sisters love you and will always have your back.

    • i will only speak about the USA, but i wish i could agree with you and can’t.

      the popular vote doesn’t seem to me to be the way to go here. reasons i think so include:

      -our media is unregulated and controlled by the right wing.
      -we are not a ‘one church’ nation, but a nation riddled by more than anyone can count, and they enjoy much more freedom and influence here when it comes to politics
      -scandals hardly touch the churches or their influence at the polls here
      -the nation just elected a slate of republicans

      i am very proud of Ireland, but it’s going to go down differently here. we’re a bigger, messier nation and it will take a lot more than happy youtube campaigns to get thru to voters and their chosen reps.

      just look at Tx.

      • Kissmagrits

        Mine is essentially the long view – a couple decades at least – and still evolving after I’m outa here. And you’re right – Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and three southern states that I involuntarily lived in during the early sixties won’t be easy marks. But, we’re talking about momentum and spreading consensus here. That, and the timely dying off of people from my generation – so many of whom are not “amongst the light of heart”.

        Incidentally, scandal does indeed touch the churches and religious orders – right in the wallet. My city was at the epicenter of the first known archdiocese bankruptcy and more recently – the catastrophic Northwest Jesuit order meltdown – which included five NW states plus Alaska. Both involved protracted court actions – lurid, contentious and huge – and bankrupting. Fear not – what we’re seeing right now is the predictable “circling of the wagons” and the Indians are about to steal all the horses.

        Finally – – most recent religious polling showed a dramatic gain for “none of the above”. And I’ve very much enjoyed living in one of the five “least churched” states in the union for fifty years.

  • billbear1961

    Liberty and Justice TRIUMPH!

    Hit it, maestro!

    • People4Humanity

      billbear, it’s so nice of you to drop by and drop some Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky into the mix.

      • billbear1961

        It is ALWAYS lovely to see you, dear P4H!

        I’m sorry I haven’t written (I’ve been so down!).

        But I will rectify that soon!

        (I’ve thought of you often, lately, because I’ve just read Gore Vidal’s Lincoln, where Salmon P. Chase figures highly. YOU first brought him to my attention when you posted a picture of a banknote sporting his portrait, ages ago, during our first long exchange on this blog!)

        • People4Humanity

          From our perch, we can see where this is heading.
          It might be more fun to comment only on the high points — like today?

          • billbear1961

            You have chosen the right avatar, Wise One!


          • People4Humanity

            (I pirated it from SCOTUS web page, while our wise ones deliberate.)

          • billbear1961

            The flying goose–I’ve read to my pleasure–is a symbol of “serene governance.”

            Oh, P4H, may it soon find its sublime way to the United States, and reign in both countries, north and south of the border, and throughout a distressed world!

    • RoFaWh

      Daniel Barenboim?

      What orchestra? I don’t recognize the concert hall.

      PS to Billbear1961: Thanks for posting so many videos of classics.

  • joe ho

    Irish young people are taking their country back from the clutches of the child-raping syndicate known as the Roman Catholic Church. They will even travel from abroad to do so.

    The Church itself kept a relatively low profile during this campaign, leaving the dirty work to other affiliates. It knew that more direct involvement would only drive up the Yes vote. How the might are fallen!

    In the US the big anti-gay players will try to ignore the significance of this vote (e.g., how much the church has lost its hold) and will focus instead on the fact that Ireland “let the people vote,” while in the US most states did not.

  • canoebum

    I am so happy. Congratulations Ireland!

  • Ed Burrow

    LOL Peter Labarbera is having a pretty good twitter meltdown right now too! LOL!!

    • billbear1961



    • Ontogenesis

      Delicious tears of rage! My favorite beverage.

  • bambinoitaliano

    It’s the grass root movement that succeeded in this victory. It goes from every home, every nana who has adorable grandson and granddaughter who just like anyone else. It’s not asking permission from the religious cult to be approve of their “lifestyles”. It’s asking the nana, grandpa, mom, pop, brother and sister to acknowledge their existence. It’s affirming that their gay grandchildren, children and siblings are equal in the eyes of society. There’s no contradiction when it comes to supporting your love ones. When you bring such personal matter into the home of everyone and make them choose, there’s no lost in translation.

    • 2patricius2

      Yesterday was Harvey Milk’s birthday. He would have been 85. And he told us all to “come out.” And as you write, that is what our people did all over Ireland. And that is our biggest weapon against those who would demonize and marginalize us.

    • billbear1961

      Lovely post, bambino.

  • Octavio

    Love the “little people” dancing a jig on the front page. They look happy. Or drunk. 🙂

  • JustSayin

    Has everyone else noticed the civil congratulations from the NO campaign people? Such a shame the losers here are not as civil..

  • Paul Forsyth

    Today Ireland has shown the world how it’s done. Good job! And congratulations.

  • skeptical_inquirer

    I’m glad the cover is so very positive.