Ireland made history on Friday May 22nd when over 62% voted in favour of same sex marriage, a huge cultural shift for a country who’s national identity has long been associated with the strict religious doctrine of the Catholic Church. Many natives returned to home soil as part of the #voteyes campaign, one which saw a multitude of celebrities as well as political parties banding together to change history forever.

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Such a change is monumental in a country where just 22 years ago homosexuality was still deemed a criminal offence. Here at People Tree we feel that such resounding support for equality in the face of adversity is fantastic news for progressive causes worldwide. For many, such a change was long overdue. Further than this, it is a change in the Irish constitution. For it to be changed again, a referendum on the same issue would have to be called, essentially solidifying the legality of gay marriage in Ireland.

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However, this does not mean that churches are legally obligated to marry same sex couples. Catholic churches around Ireland are still free to deny same-sex couples the rights to marriage, but even the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has described the outcome as a ‘social revolution,’ suggesting Ireland is quickly moving towards a climate of sexual tolerance and progressive values.