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Ireland Marriage Equality Referendum Round-Up: VIDEO

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If Ireland passes the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday, it will be an emotional day for the country’s LGBT community and friends, perhaps especially for those who remember the fight for gay rights and the legalization of homosexuality in 1993. If the result on Saturday is a resounding Yes, it could become the gayest day in history if Ireland wins the Eurovision (but it's a big 'if').

In an interview with GayStarNews, 2013 hopeful Ryan Dolan - who came out last year - talks about Eurovision and marriage equality.

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YesEquality’s latest video features 90 year old great grandmother Madeline Connolly, who believes that God made us all equal and that everyone should have the opportunity to get married.


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Gallup: Nationwide Support For Same-Sex Marriage Reaches New All-Time High

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Last year, we reported that nationwide approval for same-sex marriage had reached an all-time high according to Gallup, which then found that 55% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Those numbers have soared even higher in the 12 months since, now reaching 60% approval on the eve of the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage. As Gallup reports, support for same-sex marriage is also at an all-time high among both major political parties:

Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes -- with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%. [...]

The party divide between Democrats and Republicans may hinge largely on the age groups that compose each party. Gallup has found that younger Americans are significantly more likely to lean Democratic, while older Americans skew Republican. And while majorities of each age group under 65 support marriage equality in 2015, those aged 65 and older are still more likely to oppose it. This is a new phenomenon for the 50- to 64-year-old group. Last year, just 48% of these middle-aged Americans supported legally recognizing gay marriage. But in 2015, this figure has climbed to a majority of 54%.

Gallup also considers the implications of these findings, attempting to read the political tea leaves so to speak:

National support for marriage equality has been fairly steady in its upward climb, and is more than double what it was in 1996 when Gallup first polled on the issue. A clear majority of Americans now support the issue. The increase among Americans -- an increase seen in all major political parties -- comes in the midst of a string of legal victories ruling in favor of same-sex couples seeking to be treated equally under the law. [...]

While there has been uneven growth in support among Republicans versus Democrats, both groups have become more supportive. The remaining broad partisan divide, however, underscores how contentious the issue will continue to be as the 2016 election process unfolds.

Read more on Gallup's findings, HERE.


Stunning New Marriage Equality Mural Appears on Castle in Galway, Ireland

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Muralist Joe Caslin has struck again, this time on the side of a 15th century castle outside Galway, Ireland.

You may recall Caslin's jaw-dropping mural featuring two men in an embrace on the side of a building in Dublin, which later came down because of city code.

Photographer Davey Sexton captured the countryside mural, which this time features two women.

The Irish Times reports:

The biodegradable image was installed on to the side of a 15th century tower house castle, with permission from the owner, using a potato-based adhesive so as to not mark the listed building. The drawing took a week to make, and was then blown up using an architectural printer, “We pushed this one right to the edge,” Caslin said, “this is 14 metres tall and we’re a bit over capacity on the length of it.” He worked with photographer Seán Jackson on the project.

Caslin said he wanted to compliment the “very urban” male piece in Dublin with an “insanely rural” female piece.

“I didn’t want to have the piece of the two lads up and not follow it up with a female version,” he said, “I wanted to show the broader aspects of relationships.”

Irish voters go to the polls to vote on the nation's marriage referendum this Friday.


Ireland Marriage Equality Referendum Round-Up: VIDEO

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6a00d8341c730253ef01bb082da598970d-800wiIona Institute mouthpiece Breda O'Brien has been quiet for a few weeks.  A consistent whinger that the No campaign is being "silenced", Breda once again missed out on the irony of it all by taking to her column in the Irish Times on Saturday to argue that the "thought police" are forcing the poor old bigots to vote Yes at gunpoint.

Breda is also appalled at the notion that the Irish National Teachers Organisation's LGBT group intends "to normalise same-sex marriage in the teaching of children as young as four."

Despite what you read in her spiteful column, please do not call Brena a homophobe.  She will cry and is likely to sue you.

Here's what that nasty, vile, homosexualist propaganda - in reality teaching about all sorts of diversity issues - looks like.

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The Sunday Independent reports that the Yes vote is in "freefall" having dropped 13 percent over the last month to 53 percent. 

An Irish Times survey finds that the yes vote is 73 percent.


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Irish Gay Men Explain Why They're Voting Against Marriage Equality in Upcoming Referendum: VIDEO

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Ahead of Ireland's upcoming referendum vote on marriage equality, the organization Mothers and Fathers Matter has released a new campaign video featuring two gay men explaining why they'll be voting "No" this Friday.

Said Paddy Manning, who claims to be the last person criminalized under the country's anti-gay Offences against the Person Act 1861:

"A same-sex relationship is different to a marriage because marriage is at its heart about children and providing those children with their biological parents. Recognizing difference is not discrimination."

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Subtly Emphasizes Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage While Officiating Gay Wedding

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Notorious RBG proves once again she doesn't mind making NOM and the other anti-gay groups' blood boil, as the NYT explains:

Wearing her black robe with her signature white lace collar, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the marriage on Sunday afternoon of Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York.

The gilded setting was elegant: Anderson House in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the headquarters in Washington of the Society of the Cincinnati, a club for the descendants of the French and American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. During the ceremony, the couple slipped black and gold Harry Winston rings onto each other’s fingers.

But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.

This is Ginsburg's third time officiating a same-sex wedding. She has previously said America is ready for nationwide marriage equality

A ruling in the same-sex marriage case is expected late June. 


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