Because I asked yesterday where the National Organization for Marriage's response to the vote of Catholic Ireland for equality for LGBT citizens was, out of fairness to NOM, I should report that Brian Brown of NOM issued a statement yesterday afternoon. Since the statement was issued after the election results had been announced, it's baffling to read Brown decrying the "apparent passage" of the equality referendum. Nothing apparent about it, to my way of reading reality.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Fintan O'Toole on Irish Marriage Vote: "Ireland Has Redefined What It Means to Be an Ordinary Human Being"
.@UN chief Ban Ki-moon hails result of Irish referendum on marriage equality #IrelandsaidYES #MarRef pic.twitter.com/DvfcMMlSbw— UN Free & Equal (@free_equal) May 24, 2015
Of all the commentary I've read now that the Irish have voted overwhelmingly for LGBT equality, Fintan O'Toole's in The Irish Times today stands out. It's one of those essays that manage to be so on point that it's difficult for me to select any one piece of it to suggest to you why you'd be well-advised to read the entire statement. The thematic focus of O'Toole's reflections: in yesterday's referendum results, Ireland has left tolerance behind:
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Final Results of Irish Referendum on Equal Rights for LGBT Citizens: 62% YES, 38% NO — Smashing Victory for Human Rights in Traditionally Catholic Nation
Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage: YES - 62% NO - 38% http://t.co/EafIuvyLQe— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 23, 2015
The final results of the Irish referendum on equal rights for LGBT citizens:
As Catholic Ireland Votes for Human Rights for a Minority, Martyr for Those on the Margins, St. Oscar Romero, Is Beatified
And, as long as I'm sharing postings I've made this morning on Facebook and Twitter, here's another I'd like to share with all of you here.
Paging Ms. Gallagher, Paging Ms. Gallagher: Where's NOM Response to Catholic Ireland's Massive Vote for Human Rights (and Compassion, Courage, Hope)?
From my Facebook page today (I'll atone for my cheekiness later today by slaving over a batch of mint jelly after we've had our walk with the dogs.)