Ireland should vote to legalize same sex marriage

May 22, 2015

While several countries across the world have recognized same-sex marriages, the Republic of Ireland could be the first to do so as the result of a referendum being held today and one that has captivated my imagination.Last month, I read the headline of a survey in Ireland that uncovered the growing intolerance of minorities with the highest level of hostility directed towards the gay and lesbian community. The survey disclosed that 67 percent of its sample population objected to having gay or lesbian neighbors, jumping significantly from 31 percent in 2006. It further showed increasing homophobia, saying that the respondents who were mostly male, having low-income and with strong religion background would rather live next door to followers of deviants sects than homosexuals. To be frank, I was gobsmacked. According to the experts, a “yes” result from today’s vote would effectively ratify the Marriage Equality Bill although the moralists in the name of Catholic Church are vehemently opposed to the legalization of same sex marriage and are said to have heavily funded the “no” campaign.

The results of the referendum are expected on saturday in a reform fully backed by all of the Ireland’s main political parties and big corporate companies and endorsed by good number of high profile celebrities. Although they can’t be trusted, polls as of last evening suggested two-to-one support for the change although the margin has narrowed this morning in the lead-up to today’s referendum.For Contador Harrison personally, I tolerate and acknowledge the existence of gays and lesbians. I used to have gay neighbors back in my home in Melbourne and a gay and two lesbian classmate during high school. Unlike those scoundrels who treated them like sewer, we got along fine as we both respected our own private affairs, not stepping on each other’s toes. I respected their choice of life but I didn’t rationalize it. Yet, if asked further, I would go as far to say I wouldn’t have a problem to accept those people who are in same-sex marriage or say being legalized in Ireland the way it has in some other places.I strongly disagree with aggression and hostility directed towards same sex marriage couples or individuals in their pursuance of happiness and economic advancement.

Am one of those who firmly believe that violence never offers a solution whatsoever but rather gross human violation and conflict. As human beings, your blogger believes that homosexuals should be entitled to basic human rights such as the right to live, the right to work as well as be politically active and elected as a member of any union or organization whether public or community. Nevertheless, if the Ireland referendum on same sex marriage will be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner and the result does not favor them, they should not jump to the conclusion that their defeat was as a result of intolerance or discrimination by the powerful Catholic Church. As a member of the larger society, they have the duty to respect and abide by the existing norms, rules and regulation and traditionally the church worldwide is known for its mesozoic mentality. Catholic Church in Ireland cannot force Irish society as a whole to accept their sexual preference which is man and woman. If they don’t get the “no” vote, it means the majority of people disagree with their choice of life.I don’t find it hard to accept same-sex marriage in Ireland as it has nothing against religious teachings as well as standard norms and values.Its just a way of life!

Ireland voters need to consider whether there is a way to reconcile their views in terms of their existence. It’s a bit more difficult accepting it from a Catholic perspective, but due recognition must be given in civil law. For those against LGBTs, marriage equality is a sign of society’s decline. For those in support like me, it is a sign of progress.Many of LGBTs in the world have more pressing things to worry about and includes being discovered and getting fired from work, being disowned by families, and getting arrested. Whether gay or straight or bisexual, there are many of us who see marriage as nothing more than a social pressure to marry, a legal officiation of a personal relationship.I long for the day when people are simply given the choices to determine who they are, who they love and who they want to tell that to, while their families and communities are allowed to support them. And together,they will be recognized through love for each other rather than hate.To Contador Harrison, the issue transcends sexuality, as legal, economic and social privileges afforded to married people create an inequality between married and unmarried individuals that many no longer question.It is great when adults are allowed to marry each other, and this right should be celebrated wherever people realize that it should be and its why I would prefer to see Irish voters voting “YES” in today’s referendum because I believe no single state should conduct business of regulating private relationships.

Contador Harrison