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Old 26th May 2015, 12:01 PM
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Default Media Release: Congratulations Ireland

The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) congratulates Ireland for becoming the first country to move to marriage equality via a popular vote.

With voter turnout at extremely high levels, including expatriate citizens flying home just to vote, and a resounding 62% voting in favour of equality, Ireland has set an example for the rest of the world to catch up with - including Australia.

AFA President Michael Boyd commented that this strong endorsement was achieved in the face of a concerted campaign against the proposal, with the Catholic Church at the centre:
"Historically, Ireland has been a deeply Catholic nation. The comprehensive rejection of the 'No' case, which was spearheaded by those religious interests, represents a massive loss for the Church and demonstrates their gross over-estimation of their own importance and influence.

If a nation like Ireland can so emphatically discard and disregard religious indoctrination and scare campaigns to achieve marriage equality... there's hope that Australia can follow suit, one day soon".
At least the majority on the "No" side had the good grace to accept the Irish people's verdict and to congratulate the "Yes" campaign on the monumental achievement. Unlike the Australian Christian Lobby, whose media response was disappointing and insensitive for its churlishness, pretense that "Australia [is] different" from Ireland, and predictable resort to slippery-slope fallacies, misrepresenting the basics of the "Yes" case and elevating so-called "freedom of religious conscience" above equal rights for other human beings.

Most importantly, our congratulations to a wonderful group of Irish family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and people - who at long last will have the same right to marry the person they love, that everyone else takes for granted. Australians deserve no less, and the AFA calls on all sides of politics to move beyond pandering to narrow religious interests and proceed towards marriage equality here.


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Lane Cove NSW 1595
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Old 26th May 2015, 12:09 PM
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WOOOHOOO!! Go emerald isle!
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DBD's unofficial version :-

Congratulations to Ireland! The reputation of the Irish as having big, kindly hearts is once more confirmed. I believe the big human heart is possessed by all people around the world, but the onus is on us to follow the Irish precedent.
But of course, there is a big fly in the ointment.
It is NOT our intention to belittle this wonderful result, this magnificent achievement, of the Irish people.
But the Irish people, like so many around the world, have had to endure the systematic abuse of religions.
Ireland, as a mainly Catholic country, was obviously deeply shocked, as indeed many other people were around the world, of the extent of clerical child abuse, aided and abetted by the attempts by senior officials to cover up, bribe, misinform, and obstruct governments, people and police from the grim task of bringing these crimes to humanity, these crimes to children, to justice.
Sad and distressing these revelations are, they bring a small silver lining to the dark cloud of evil. For these shocks concerning the crimes visited by the Catholic Church on communities in Ireland and eslewhere has helped to raise awareness about the moral bankruptcy and criminal character of the church hierarchy and a significant proportion of its clerics.
Perhaps this shock helped to galvanize support for marriage equality, for who now can claim the Catholic Church has moral authority? It certainly seems that the majority of voters disregarded the church's instructions over marriage equality, and voted with their heads and the hearts.

Well done Ireland, we salute you!
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Very well said, Michael.
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