As many of you might know by now, an astounding and miraculous event has occurred in my country. It is the most important event to occur since 1937 in the 'young' history of where I live. The people of the Republic of Ireland have voted for an amendment to the constitution allowing people of the same sex to get married.
To most this might seem a relatively modern extension of what is quickly growing as a movement not just in America, but in Europe as well. However, I am so proud of this nation, once known as a stanch 'Irish Catholic' country, to show the strength to be first amongst all nations to change our constitution!
Two years ago I joined in a march through the streets of Dublin to protest the fact that a union between two people of the same sex was illegal though homosexuality was no longer a crime. I went with much fear and trepidation. My 'husband' and several of our kinsmen joined me more out of fear for my safety than exuberance for the cause. The march was not only peaceful but many who were simply bystanders joined the ranks.
Whilst many still believe in the basic tenets of the teachings of Christ (I happen to be a pagan) this change also represents a mass revolt against a Church that has served our people most poorly in so many ways. The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin went so far as to admit that the Church needed to become more in touch with those it's supposed to serve. This will be difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish because the Church is not God's Church, it's the Church of men.
Ironically, Northern Ireland, specifically Belfast and the Protestant areas in general, have been far more tolerant of gay couples AND trans people. This is more of a protest against the traditionally Irish Catholic population than any affinity towards equality of people in all matters.
Please forgive me if I rant but I, and many others, have been (soberly) celebrating this amazing event. I can only hope that other countries follow our example of letting the people decide. It seems as though America will get there but on a state by state basis.
May We All Know Peace and Equality...