LGBT burden lightened, but quest for equality continues
Few in Ireland were unmoved by the extraordinary result of the marriage equality referendum.
Last month's Dublin Pride parade, with 75,000 participants and hundreds of thousands watching, was another extraordinary moment when we celebrated the generosity of Irish people and their belief in fairness and equality, and the thousands of people - LGBT and not - who laboured for many months to achieve the nation-changing and world-changing result.
It was both a magical and unique moment in history. Not only were the Irish the first in the world to be asked to vote on marriage equality, but when they were, an overwhelming majority of the people said yes.