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Vice President Joe Biden Praises Ireland Gay Marriage Vote: 'Let's Keep the Momentum Going' - VIDEO

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Vice President Joe Biden has praised Ireland for becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by public vote, reports Bloomberg.

In an op-ed published in the Advocate, Biden wrote:

“Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality.

“They recognized the fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, and that there can be no justification for the denigration or persecution of anyone because of who they love or who they are.

“I cannot improve upon the perfectly Irish statements they made following this historic vote, but I can echo [Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s] words when he described the Irish as ‘a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people,’ and that their choice will be ‘heard loudly across the living world as a sound of pioneering leadership.’”

He also noted that despite progress, there is still much work to be done on gay rights worldwide:

“There are still too many nations that deny people even the right to be safe from violence and severe discrimination, and too many states here in America that allow a person to be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual."

Last month, Biden said that if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of nationwide marriage equality in June, Obergefell v. Hodges will be remembered alongside the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education.

Watch Biden attacking recent anti-gay comments made by 2016 contender Ben Carson, AFTER THE JUMP

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Family Shocked After Their Photo Was Used In Irish Anti-Gay Poster Campaign: VIDEO

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A family whose image was used by anti-gay group Mothers and Fathers Matter during Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum has admitted that they were naive about stock photos, reports the BBC.

The British couple featured on the posters said that while the Mothers and Fathers Matter had legitimately used the photo, they did not agree with the poster’s message.

The image has also been used by by an Irish fertility company and an Australian legal firm.

The father of the family, who were given free copies of the image in return for the photo shoot, said:

"The chances of having your photo selected out of all the hundreds of thousands available are pretty slim. The photo was not stolen from us... we have no claim over (or rights to) the picture, and we do not claim otherwise.

"We just wanted publicly to say that we disagreed with the No campaign and were unhappy about their use of our image, but we acknowledge that they're allowed to do so."

A spokesperson for Mothers and Fathers Matter said the group had not heard from the couple but would be happy to discuss its views with them.

Watch a video capturing the moment the results of the referendum were announced, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Vlogger Raymond Braun Captures Ireland's Historic YES Vote On Marriage Equality: WATCH

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Popular vlogger Raymond Braun was on hand to document Ireland's recent marriage referendum that saw a historic victory in favor of same-sex marriage. The referendum, which passed by a margin of 2:1, was the first time a nation has voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

BraunSaid Braun of Ireland's vote and his experience seeing it transpire:

Ireland gives me hope for all the other countries that don't yet offer full protections and equal rights for their LGBTQ citizens. We will get there because love conquers all. This was a historic moment not just for Ireland, but for the entire world. I hope this video captures some of the magic and love I felt in Ireland the past week.

As Braun toured Ireland and took the temperature of the country in the lead-up to the vote, he was joined by fellow Vlogger Riyadh K. You may recall Riyadh from his hilarious video where his mother read his Grindr messages. Riyadh also took an active role in the "YES" campaign and as Braun noted, became the face of the campaign for many people, especially younger voters. 

Watch as Braun documents Ireland's historic vote (which gets more than a bit emotional), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Marriage News Watch: Alabama, Ireland - VIDEO

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Matt Baume with the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports on an Alabama minister who's receiving jail time for marrying a same-sex couple, Ireland's recent marriage equality victory and Gallup's latest poll showing landmark support for same-sex marriage in the US.

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Ireland Invites International Same-Sex Couples To Say 'I Do': VIDEO

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With Ireland’s historic vote in favor of same-sex marriage only days old, Tourism Ireland has released a new video promoting the country as a wedding and honeymoon destination for gay couples, reports The Journal.

The new campaign Ireland Says I Do - which is being rolled out in Britain, the United States, Canada, the Nordic region, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Germany - has been developed over the past year in anticipation of a Yes vote.

Tourism Ireland states:

“Yes, it’s all about love in Ireland, from fun-tastic LGBT events like The Outing (the world’s first ever LGBT matchmaking festival) to some of the most romantic wedding locations on the plane.”

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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."


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