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Ireland Votes “Yes” on Marriage Equality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

irelandThe voters in Ireland have embraced marriage equality, the first time this has happened on a national level.

From The Washington Blade:

Local media reports indicate a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in Ireland appears to have passed by a wide margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Friday. “It is about removing inequality. It’s historic, and that’s why I’ll be voting yes.” Ireland is the first country in the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples through a popular vote.

According to Pink News, the “no” side has conceded defeat:

Anti-same sex marriage campaigners in Ireland have conceded defeat in the referendum. David Quinn of the anti-same sex marriage Iona Institute tweeted, just an hour after the count began, to congratulate the Yes campaign.

It looks like the measure passed with a wide margin:

The Republic of Ireland looked set to pass same-sex marriage this morning, with early counts indicated a margin of up to 2:1 for the measure. According to early tallies, a yes vote was likely in most of the 43 constituencies in Ireland, with some reports suggesting up to a 2:1 split in favour of same-sex marriage. Even in more conservative areas, early reports suggested only a 50/50 split, and an exceptionally high turnout in urban areas offered reassurance to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign.

It’s an amazing day for Ireland, and for the world.

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76% Plan to Vote for Marriage Equality in Ireland

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

titleA new poll released this week shows that 76% intend to vote yes in Ireland’s marriage referendum.

A Red C poll was carried out earlier this week to assess voting intentions in Ireland ahead of the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage, which will be held on May 22.

With the highest percentage so far, 76% said they would vote in favour of equal marriage, 21% said they would vote against, and 3% said they did not know. With undecided voters excluded, the yes vote percentage showed 78% of those polled were in favour, with 22% against.

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Ireland to Vote on Marriage Equality Referendum in May

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Ireland - Google MapsIreland has picked a month for the vote on marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet. The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas. It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

We hope marriage equality will come to Ireland next year – but everyone needs to get out and vote.

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Slovakia Anti Gay Activists Push to Ban Marriage Equality

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Slovakia - Google MapsThere’s a movement afoot in Slovakia to ban gay marriage via a referendum.

Joe.My.God reports:

The constitutional definition of marriage, which some gay-right-advocates openly called a ban on same-sex marriages, does not go far enough, some conservative activists say, as they gather signatures to force a referendum that would make the laws even stronger. Behind the referendum initiative is the Alliance for Family (AZR), which declares itself a non-partisan and non-religious organisation and which emerged during the preparations for the September 2013 March for Life as an alliance of dozens of pro-family organisations. It has collected over 300,000 signatures under its petition, which needs to be signed by 350,000 citizens in order to be binding for the president to hold a referendum. The AZR hopes to achieve this aim by the end of this summer, the Sme daily reported. The referendum could possibly be held together with the November 15 municipal elections.

Does it surprise you to know that a group of Catholic Bishops are backing the petition?

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Ireland: Unnamed Politician on Marriage Equality: “We’ve Had Enough of This Shit”

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Some of Ireland’s Fine Gael party are upset that the Prime Minister is pushing a marriage equality referendum.

Pink News reports:

Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny says he will be actively campaigning in favour of the country’s referendum on equal marriage – as an unnamed minister from his Fine Gael party is quoted as saying “we have had enough of this s**t.”

The Irish Independent reports that the outburst was over the prospect of Ireland staging another referendum on a key social issue. “We have had enough of this sh**,” said the unnamed Fine Gael minister. “We are not going again. We did the abortion, we are not f****** doing this one. We got away with the abortion one, but this referendum is guaranteed to be defeated,” the minister added.

In related news, Coca Cola, fresh off refusing to drop its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics, has instead dropped a gay wedding scene from an Irish commercial.

Gay Star News reports:

The new campaign, Reasons To Believe, shows familiar scenes intended to inspire viewers such as charity runners, cakes being baked and child choirs. In one part of the advert, the line reads ‘For every display of hatred’ – showing a gang breaking into a car – ‘there are 5000 celebrations of love’ – which shows, in many countries, a gay couple getting married. But in Ireland, the gay couple scene is replaced with an image of a young straight, interracial couple walking down the aisle.

Looks like Coke is showing its true colors.

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Croatia: In Wake of Gay Marriage Ban, Government to Pursue Civil Unions Bill

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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After a Catholic-backed referendum blocked marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, the government has decided to move ahead with a civil unions bill.

The New York Times reports:

The outcome was a major victory for the Roman Catholic Church, and a blow to gay rights advocates. “This referendum was a pre-emptive strike against the possibility of introducing gay marriage in Croatia,” said Franko Dota, a political analyst and gay rights activist. “This was a referendum to humiliate the gay population, and to strike against the progress of the past decades.” Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s center-left government said on Monday that it would move ahead with a proposed bill to afford same-sex couples many of the legal rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including hospital visitation and inheritance rights, though the bill does not include the right to adopt children. Mr. Milanovic said he regretted that the referendum had even been held. “I think it did not make us any better, smarter or prettier,” he said.

It really shows the mean spirited side of the Catholic Church. They pushed the Croatian Government to allow the referendum because they can, and in the process badly damaged the LGBT community in the country.

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Croatia: Members of the European Parliament From Croatia Are Sorry About Anti Gay Referendum

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Some of Croatia’s Members of the European Parliament appear to be embarrassed by their country’s rank homophobia.

Gay Web Source reports:

On 1 December, Croatian citizens will be called to vote on whether to alter the constitution to define marriage as ‘matrimony between a man and a woman’… MEPs regret the initiative, which creates a non-inclusive type of democracy by asking a majority to decide about the rights of a minority. Croatian Member of the European Parliament Sandra Petrovi\0x0107 Jakovina MEP reacted: “It is shameful that the first citizen’s initiative of my home country is one which seeks to limit other people’s rights.”

It’s nice that they feel this way, but with the Catholic Church throwing its weight behind the measure after having gotten a full 20% of the population to sign a petition demanding it, things look grim for our heroes.

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Ireland: New Poll Shows Marriage Equality Support at 76%

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Support for marriage equality in Ireland is reached truly astounding levels, as the country prepares for referendum on the issue in 2015.

Pink News reports:

The first poll since the announcement of a same-sex marriage referendum has found that 76% of Irish voters support the legislation. Ireland’s cabinet this week formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015. The Red C poll for Paddy Power found that 18% opposed the proposal with 6.5% were undecided. A random sample of 1,004 adults were interviewed by telephone between 4-6 November for the survey. Supporters of the centre-right conservative party Fianna Fáil are most likely to oppose same-sex marriage with 29% saying they will not back it.

In Dublin, support has reached an astonishing 83%.

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Croatia: Parliament Approves Public Vote December 1st to Ban Marriage Equality

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Croatia’s Parliament has approved an initiative for next month that would ban marriage equality in the country.

ABC News reports:

Croatia moved Friday to hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages, but critics say the vote is discriminatory and gay rights groups are challenging its wording as biased and unconstitutional. Parliament voted to have a Dec. 1 ballot asking the question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?” If a majority vote “yes,” Croatia’s constitution will be amended to specifically define marriage as between a man and a woman, in a de facto ban on gay marriages. The dispute over gay rights has divided Croatia. The country has taken steps to improve gay rights, but issues such as same-sex marriage remain highly sensitive in the staunchly Catholic nation.

Croatia just recently joined the European Union – will Europe’s courts have anything to say about this?

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Ireland: Labour MEP Calls for Marriage Equality Referendum Next Year Instead of 2015

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Ireland MEP Emer CostelloAn Irish Member of Parliament wants to move up the vote to legalize marriage equality by a year.

Pink News reports:

Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015. The Irish Labour Party politician believes it will help boost turnout and safeguard a yes vote in favour of civil marriage rights for Ireland’s same-sex couples. Ireland’s cabinet this week formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.

Same sex couples in Ireland shouldn’t have to wait two more years.

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