CS Monitor, May 22, 2105
Ireland’s reputation as a devoutly Catholic and conservative country is being defied by the prospect of becoming the first nation to approve gay marriage by referendum. But it’s not as odd as one might think.
By Jason Walsh, Correspondent
DUBLIN, IRELAND — Same-sex marriage seems like a foregone conclusion in Ireland.
A referendum held today will, if passed, make Ireland the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. It will also, due to a quirk of jurisprudence, place recognition for it directly into the constitution.