Only this week a legal case in Belfast involving a cake adorned with a gay rights slogan drew to a close. "Gay rights cake bakery loses case" was our headline as an appeal was expected. The conclusion was though that Ireland still has some way to go for gay rights.
Young people tend to be more liberal minded, though not always, so news that an extra 68,000 new people of voting age have signed on to the electoral register within the last fortnight could swing the vote.
Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, urged voters to vote yes “for love and for equality”.
Catholic communities in Ireland will find legal same-sex marriage a huge challenge.
Paddy Monaghan, one of the co-ordinators of the alliance of 100 religious activists, issued a warning on the eve of the referendum reports the Mail Online. He said “we have warned in our pamphlet about the major implications on the issue of conscience if there is a yes vote on Friday. If there is a yes vote, will the Muslim printer in Ireland now be obliged to print cartoons of Muhammad? Redefining marriage is sold to us by the media and political establishment as a permissive measure but it will quickly become coercive.”
The logic of bigotry is always difficult to understand. However such spin is used to scaremonger.
If there is a yes vote Ireland will be in for a testing time. But surely there has to be a majority yes vote?
Ireland voted in favour of same sex marriage; more than 62% voted yes. The first same-sex marriages in the country could take place this summer.
Ireland goes into the record books as the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Why Ireland's holding a same-sex marriage referendum