On Saturday, what was once unthinkable happened. A mainly Catholic nation legalized gay marriage by popular vote.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe the right to love is a basic, inalienable human right which should not be granted or denied at the whim of the majority.
However, it often is, indeed, denied. Minorities of all types are often ground beneath majorities’ heel–ignored, hidden, punished, their very right to even exist denied. (Egypt, I’m looking at you.)
So when a majority of the regular folk, in a country where the main religion’s holy book says (in one of its translations, at least), “you shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22); when more than half of the people of that country say, yes, you can marry where you love…
When that happens, I realize there is hope for humanity. We may yet make it.
Ireland has said yes, and now all of her citizens can marry the person they love:
The majority said one simple word; for a minority, that word means everything.
May the rest of the world see this and learn that respecting our differences, acknowledging everyone’s humanity, does not diminish our own. It enhances it.