Ireland becomes the beacon of equality and liberty to the rest of the world – Leo Varadkar

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach

Been watching the Irish’ revolutionary approach in addressing the evolving international “Same Sex Marriage” as an integrated part of an equal society.  It is refreshing to learn of the mindset by the greater part of the Irish society; they have demonstrated in the last twenty four hours about their views on ‘marriage equality’ and how every LGBT member of the community must be respected equally.


“It was personal for a lot of people, not just gay men and lesbians, but for their friends and their families, their colleagues. It was a very personal decision and what I said in that interview was that I wanted to be an equal citizen in my own country and today I am.” – Leo Varadkar, Health Minister

Ireland is the first nation in the world that asked their citizens through popular voting regarding Same Sex Marriage. This action was a gamble between two sides; and the “Yes Vote” resulted of 62 percent among many Irish that went to the polls; celebrations are now on going waving the ‘rainbow LGBT flag‘ as the winners’ banner.

The Irish Society demonstrated to the whole world that it is possible to separate religious doctrines and beliefs against society’s equality, love, compassion and care among human beings.

2015 -Ireland_62percentYesReferendumResults

62 percent of Irish Voted Yes for Same Sex Marriage after counting 43 of 43 Constituencies, completed May 23, 2015.

“I’m a gay Irish-Catholic American and I’m here to bear witness to history and to show that the people from whom I descend are leading the way socially. I think that Europe and the rest of the world needs to wake up and realise where social liberalism is really happening. Look at the smoking ban and now this. It seems like if it can happen here, the argument against it anywhere is severely undermined.” – Jay Lassiter

“I would like to have seen that the rights of gay and lesbian men and women could have been respected without changing the definition of marriage. That hasn’t happened, but that is the world we live in today.” – said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

US Vice President Joe Biden tweeted: “We welcome Ireland’s support for equality #LoveWins.”



One response

  1. Indeed, a great result and a salute to the majority of Irish people who participated in this landmark decision. More Power, Ireland.


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