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Irish Priest Who Bravely Came Out as Gay in January Thanks Parishioners for Accepting Him

Father Martin Dolan, the parish priest at the Church of St. Nicholas of Myra in Dublin city center who received a standing ovation from his congregation when he came out of the closet during mass in January, is speaking out again in the wake of Ireland's successful marriage equality referendum, the Irish Times reports:

DolanDolan...told his congregation on Saturday evening that the Irish public had heard the “pleas of desperation of a minority” from the LGBT community and had made the LGBT cause “as important as their own”.

He said he was proud to be Irish and thanked his parishioners for accepting him as a gay man. Fr Dolan first came out as a gay man in January when he urged his congregation to vote Yes in the marriage equality referendum.

Dolan responded to the Archbishop of Dublin's recent comments that the Catholic Church needed a new language when dealing with youth by saying that "With great respect, it is not a new language that we need but a new way of being and living."

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Added Dolan:

“Jesus was always reaching out to people on the edges of society. His whole way of being was to draw people in and to include them rather than exclude them. God’s spirit was given to us so we can be a power and force in the world. The opportunity for new beginnings begin every day of our lives. It comes every time we draw breath. We have a choice - we can build bridges for people or we can build stone walls. We have to become people of love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control."

Bono Dedicates ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’ to Ireland’s Marriage Equality Victory at Phoenix Concert: VIDEO


U2 frontman Bono celebrated Ireland’s s strong vote in favor of marriage equality with a heartfelt nod to his homeland while performing “Pride (In the Name of Love)” at a concert in Phoenix over the weekend.

"It's a moment for us to thank the people who brought peace to our country, who had the courage to compromise in Ireland,” said Bono. “Now we turn this into greater love. Dr. King we need you now more than ever.”

Ahead of the marriage referendum vote, Bono told the Irish Times "Marriage is now an idea that transcends religion... It is owned by the people. They can decide. It's not a religious institution." The band also sent posted the below photo on its Instagram page:


Watch U2‘s heartfelt performance of “Pirde (In the Name of Love)”,  AFTER THE JUMP...

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Final Irish Marriage Referendum Tally Shows Landslide 'Yes' Victory, Gay Couples to Tie the Knot By Year's End

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Final Vote Tally Shows Landslide 'Yes' Victory in Irish Marriage Referendum, Gay Couples Expected to Tie the Knot By Year's End 

As expected, Ireland's marriage referendum was a big win for the equality side.

With 43 of 43 constituencies reporting, the country has voted to amend its constitution to legalize same-sex marriage by a margin of 62.07% to 37.93%. 

Over three million voters participated in the referendum, with all but one constituency (Roscommon - South Leitrim) having a majority 'Yes' vote. More on the turnout here

The Irish Times reports the first same-sex marriages could take place before Christmas: 

The resounding Yes vote will result in a new sentence being added to Article 41 of the Constitution. It reads: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” The Irish version, which takes precedence, reads: “Féadfaidh beirt, gan beann ar a ngnéas, conradh pósta a dhéanamh de réir dlí.” It means that a marriage between two people of the same sex will now be recognised by the State and will have the same status under the Constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman.

To give effect to the amendment, the Oireachtas will enact the Marriage Bill 2015, which will state in law for the first time the principle that being of the same sex is no longer an impediment to marriage. Officials in the Department of Justice will begin drafting the legislation next week. A spokesman said the Bill would be prioritised with a view to it being passed by the Oireachtas before the summer recess.

Congrats Ireland on this historic victory!

Anti-gay Groups Offer 'Congratulations' to Yes Campaign in Wake of Irish Marriage Equality Victory


The two main organizations behind the No campaign in Ireland's marriage referendum have conceded defeat and issued statements congratulating the equality side's victory. 

Catholic-based anti-gay activist group Iona Institute, which aired a series of misleading fear ads ahead of the referendum vote, sent out the following press release:

We would like to congratulate the Yes side on winning such a handsome victory in the marriage referendum. They fought a very professional campaign that in truth began long before the official campaign started.

For our part, The Iona Institute is proud to have helped represent the many hundreds of thousands of Irish people who would otherwise have had no voice in this referendum because all of the political parties backed a Yes vote.

Added Iona Institute Director David Quinn:

Quinn"We believe a fought a good campaign. It was always going to be an uphill battle. However, we helped to provide a voice to the hundreds of thousands of Irish people who did vote No. The fact that no political party supported them must be a concern from a democratic point of view...Going forward, we will continue to affirm the importance of the biological ties and of motherhood and fatherhood. We hope the Government will address the concerns voters on the No side have about the implications for freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.”

Mothers & Fathers Matter, the organization behind last week's video featuring two gay men explaining their opposition to same-sex marriage, said:

"We offer our warm congratulations to the YES campaign on their victory. There are thousands of people who worked hard for them to achieve this result, and they can be justifiably happy with their efforts today. Though at times this campaign was unpleasant for people on all sides, nobody who involves themselves in a campaign does so with anything but the good of their country at heart. There is no better way to resolve difference than the way we are using today. From our point of view, we have represented a proportion of the population greater than those who support any political party. One in three Irish people in this campaign was not represented by the political establishment, the media, or the institutions of state. We are proud to have fought on behalf of those voices when nobody else would. Today’s result was achieved by the Government after they issued certain promises about surrogacy, adoption, and a range of other issues. A lot of voters believed those assurances and they must now be kept." 

Ireland Says 'Yes' to Marriage Equality in Resounding 2:1 Vote


All signs point to a decisive 'Yes' victory in favor of equality in Ireland's marriage referendum, the AP reports:

Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote.

"We're the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. So it's a very proud day to be Irish," said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland's conservative Catholic constitution.

A strategist with Fine Gael, the country's current ruling party, told the Irish Independent the results are turning out to be 2:1 'Yes' vote, with the equality side capturing 65-66% of the vote nationwide.  

Anti-gay Irish Bakery's Google Profile Displays Image Reading 'Keep Calm And Kill Faggots'

AshersThe Google Maps team has come under close scrutiny in the past few weeks following a series of distasteful images and redirects found embedded in various Google Maps locations. The problems first began back in April when users reported finding a watermark depicting Google’s iconic Android mascot urinating on Apple’s logo.

Weeks later it was discovered that typing the phrase “house ni**a” into the popular map search engine returned directions to the White House. Google has disavowed having any idea where these offensive embeds might have come from, and assured the public that it’s looking into the matters. Unfortunately, but it would appear as if it’s happened again, this time taking potshots at gay people.

Search results for Ashers Bakery, the Irish bakery that came under fire for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake, now return a riff on the Keep Calm meme that reads “Keep Calm And Kill Faggots.” Unlike the other search results that appear to have been embedded into the very fabric of Google’s search algorithm, these images were likely attached to the bakery’s profile as the result of an unknown Google user.


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