Thursday 18 January 2018

Victory for love and equality

Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin
Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin
Editorial

Editorial

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead - Oscar Wilde

Ireland has become the first country in the world to enshrine constitutional same-sex marriage by popular vote. The term "historic" is often misplaced but the outcome of the Marriage Equality Referendum truly deserves the epithet. The emphatic nature of the result leaves no room for doubt, an outcome that is to be warmly welcomed.

The manner in which the No side immediately accepted the result and congratulated their opponents in victory after what was, at times, an uncomfortably divisive campaign, is also to be welcomed.

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