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Sat May 23, 2015, 07:11 AM

 

Irish gay marriage referendum: 'No' campaigners concede defeat

Source: The Telegraph

Votes still being counted but opponents of same sex marriage admit 'disappointing' results so far

Gay rights groups hailed victory in Ireland's referendum on same-sex marriage on Saturday after "No" campaigners effectively conceded defeat in the historic vote.

"Everyone seems to be predicting a 'yes' ... and that seems to be the case at the moment. It's disappointing," said John Murray from Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, which spearheaded the "No" campaign.

Final results are not expected until later in the day in the poll, which could make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/11625847/Irish-gay-marriage-referendum-No-campaigners-concede-defeat.html



Now that is a hell of a thing to wake up to.

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Reply Irish gay marriage referendum: 'No' campaigners concede defeat (Original post)
NuclearDem May 2015 OP
RKP5637 May 2015 #1
allan01 May 2015 #2
Berlin Expat May 2015 #3
Warren Stupidity May 2015 #4
rurallib May 2015 #8
Berlin Expat May 2015 #9
47of74 May 2015 #11
LiberalElite May 2015 #18
corkhead May 2015 #5
Demit May 2015 #6
malthaussen May 2015 #7
MarianJack May 2015 #10
iandhr May 2015 #12
hrmjustin May 2015 #13
mountain grammy May 2015 #14
bpj62 May 2015 #15
LiberalElite May 2015 #16
brooklynite May 2015 #17
hunter May 2015 #19
pampango May 2015 #20
jwirr May 2015 #21
romanic May 2015 #22
muriel_volestrangler May 2015 #23
winstars May 2015 #25
47of74 May 2015 #24
Arugula Latte May 2015 #26
bravenak May 2015 #27
riversedge May 2015 #28
BigDemVoter May 2015 #29

Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:13 AM

1. K&R! n/t

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:17 AM

2. bravo. excellente

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:41 AM

3. Good news. You can follow

live updates here at The Irish Times - it's a liveblog.

http://liveblog.irishtimes.com/635f85be44/LIVE-The-counts---Ireland-decides/

Thus far, it's looking like a fairly resounding victory for the Yes campaign.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:46 AM

4. Historic. One of the last bastions of the Catholic Church in western europe

 

has freed itself from their clutches. An historic event.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #4)

Sat May 23, 2015, 08:38 AM

8. I have this movie type scene in my mind

of the clouds and darkness lifting and the sun shining through with some gentle music lilting over the land.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #4)

Sat May 23, 2015, 09:21 AM

11. The church over there took a big hit

 

All the cover ups going on drove a lot of Irish away from the church. The Church of Ireland got back up to where it was 60 years ago head count wise.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #4)

Sat May 23, 2015, 10:38 AM

18. As the old song says- It's a Great Day for the Irish!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:57 AM

5. interesting that the headline and article are from the angle of the losers

wouldn't you normally expect an article like this to be about voters saying "yes"?

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Response to corkhead (Reply #5)

Sat May 23, 2015, 08:12 AM

6. "Gay rights groups hailed victory" is in the first sentence in the first graf.

 

And the rest of the article includes very positive language, and pictures, or so it seems to me.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 08:22 AM

7. Looked at another way,

.... you could read the headline as the yes side getting a bit of a gloat in.

(In response to Corkhead, I must have hit the wrong button)

-- Mal

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 09:01 AM

10. I can only say this to the land of my ancestory...

... !!!!!




PEACE!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 09:38 AM

12. Excellent

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 09:46 AM

13. Great news!

 

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 09:52 AM

14. This daughter of Irish immigrants says thank you..

One struggle gone

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 10:11 AM

15. Under 50 crowd

The church does not have as much influence as it once did. Dfor years it was able to shut any social change down but no longer. The abuse scandals and the recent discovery of the remains of several hundred infants at a former catholic orphanage has sealed the churches fate in Ireland.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 10:37 AM

16. as an Irish-American former Catholic with a gay brother I say


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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 10:38 AM

17. National Vote now 61%-38% (6 of 43 districts counted)

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 10:58 AM

19. This is wonderful news.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 11:00 AM

20. Ireland is certainly at the other end of Europe, literally & figuratively, from Russia in terms of gay rights.

This is great to see. Congratulations to Ireland's citizens and voters.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 11:25 AM

21. I misread the headline and was wondering what you all were celebrating! Reread it. This is great.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 11:30 AM

22. Congrats Ireland!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 11:36 AM

23. 19 out of 43 constituencies reported: 62% yes, all reported are over 50%

ranging from the low 50s in the rural west to the low 70s in Dublin:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/marriage-referendum/results

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #23)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:13 PM

25. The link now says 43 of 43 reported, 62.07 YES 37.93 NO !!!!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 06:36 PM

24. Moving Ireland up on the list of places I might want to go visit some day.

 

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 07:32 PM

26. Suck it, RCC!

 

Big congratulations to the people of Ireland!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 08:00 PM

27. Yay!!!

 

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2015, 07:23 AM

28. Congrats to all of Ireland

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2015, 11:33 AM

29. I suppose we're going to see heterosexual marriages COLLAPSE. . . .

As we all know that gay marriage is a threat to "traditional marriages & families"!

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