Friday, May 29, 2015

Ireland Say Yes to Marriage Equality








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On Saturday, Ireland have become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular national vote. The historic referendum showed 62 percent of votes were in favor and 38 percent against in a country where being gay was a crime until 1993.

The predominantly Catholic country showed the way on marriage equality, joining nineteen other countries and a large majority of American states. Although I must add here that the others that moved to make the change have done so through parliamentary or administrative means.

Young voters played a pivotal role and so did social media. This paradigm shift is the result of a calculated campaign by gay activists to stick to a single message that this was about equality and the coincidental decline of the Catholic Church.

The question of marriage equality is not one of morality or religious dogma, but of human rights. Making a legally recognized marriage unobtainable to people based on their sexual orientation is discrimination, period.

Champions Celtic ended the Scottish Premiership season 17 points clear at the top when they thrashed Inverness Caley Thistle 5-0 on May 24, 2015. The goals came from Stefan Scepovic (5, 70), Stefan Johansen (18), Leigh Griffiths (80) and Kris Commons (90).

Stoke humiliated pathetic Liverpool 6-1 when the latter were outclassed and outwitted from start to finish, also on the same day. The last time Liverpool conceded six or more goals in a top flight game was in 1963, 7-2 against Spurs.

The Reds finished the EPL season sixth in the table. It was enough to still secure a Europa League third qualifying round spot. But the fact remains that Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have let the fans down! Didn’t I say to sack the manager?

And Steven Gerrard (left) endured a nightmare send-off in his final game for Liverpool – although he did manage to mark his last match with a seventieth minute goal after a composed low finish.
Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career: 710 appearances, 186 goals, 10 trophies. A Liverpool legend.

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