The mixed messages coming from prelates in Ireland and the Vatican in the wake of the same-sex marriage referendum could hardly be starker. Roman cardinals have compared the Irish to pagans and insisted that the Yes vote represents a "defeat for humanity". In Ireland, meanwhile, Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has characterised the result as a "reality check" for the church and the Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin said the hierarchy had many lessons to learn from the referendum.
When the street parties were over, the Facebook thanks had been given and the hangovers had been compassionately treated, it seemed like there was only one question left: Now that gay people have the right to marry, will many of us actually be doing it? If recent history in other jurisdictions is anything to go by, the answer is no.
In the last few months, a lot of parents spoke publicly about the moment they found out their child was gay. And many of them admitted it was hard, certainly initially. And most of these parents gave one or both of two reasons for finding it hard initially. Nearly all of them said they worried for their child initially, because they thought life would be that bit harder for them as a gay person. This was nothing to do with their child, really, but more of a reflection on how the world can view gay people.
Former Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power wrote to Micheal Martin two weeks before the Marriage Equality referendum to outline her concerns about the "lack of involvement" by Fianna Fail public representatives with the campaign for a Yes vote.
Last Saturday was a beautiful moment in Irish history. The outpouring of sheer joy at Dublin Castle was mirrored in towns and villages across the country as lesbian and gay people celebrated their first day as full and equal citizens in our Republic. They were joined by their families, friends and supporters of equality in scenes that have grabbed the world's imagination.
Neither side in the marriage referendum campaign is happy with Fianna Fáil right now. The No side isn't happy with them because the party officially supported the Yes side. The Yes side isn't happy because the party wasn't enthusiastic enough.
Social revolution should not be confused with a political putsch. Last September, 1.6 million Scottish voters voted Yes for independence. While being a minority of 44pc and suffering defeat, they still propelled Scottish politics towards fundamental change. It was a redefining moment of a people's identity, directly resulting in the Scottish National Party gaining 56 out of 59 MP seats.
The way in which popular movements morph from being extreme to becoming mainstream is inherently fascinating. The Marriage Referendum is an example of one such process. Not that long ago, gay people's issues were exactly that: gay people's issues.
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