In the past three years alone, Ireland has installed a gay man as prime minister and has voted in another referendum to allow same-sex marriage. But this was a particularly wrenching issue for Irish voters, even for supporters of the measure. And it was not clear until the end that the momentum toward socially liberal policies would be powerful enough to sweep away deeply ingrained opposition to abortion.
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Irish actor Colin Farrell may have recently landed one of the most coveted gigs in Hollywood, but his heart is obviously back home as the Republic of Ireland prepares to vote on a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. Inspired by his brother EamonFarrell has long fought for gay rights in his home state. Farrell wrote :. But he was always proud of who he was.
Harry McGee visits Yes Equality campaign headquarters in Dublin and joins canvassers as they knock on doors in Mullingar, hoping their personal stories will galvanize voters and even change minds just ahead of polling day. Video: Kathleen Harris. By coincidence, just as the same-sex marriage referendum campaign was getting under way, a remarkable podcast appeared on This American Lifea celebrated American radio documentary platform.
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Thousands of supporters of Northern Ireland's LGBT community took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday in Pride celebrations buoyed by the promise that same-sex marriage could soon be legal. An armoured police vehicle was decked out in rainbow colours and rainbow flags peppered the crowd, while a sound system blared out hit anthem "It's Raining Men" in defiance of the summer showers. Leo Varadkar, prime minister of the Republic of Ireland to the south, joined the parade, which was filled with fancy-dress and families, chants of "trans rights are human rights" and "up the queers".