In a Worlds first, the Irish Government let the people decide if they would allow gay marriage and it overwhelmingly voted yes, remarkable for a country where some 35 years ago contraception, divorce and homosexuality were all illegal.
The two camps firmly opposed, and thankfully in the minority, were the Church and the outright homophobic, both of which i find baffling.
The Church obviously don't like homosexuality because it says God doesn't like it in their little book, the same little book that goes on to demand: 'They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads'.
Little tolerance there you may think but the Bible also calls for the death of people who ignore Priests, witches, fortunetellers, anyone who hits or curses at their parents, adulterers, other religious followers, non-believers, women who are not virgins on their wedding night, Blasphemers and Sunday workers so it isn't a hotbed of clemency and kindness anyway.
The second group are the homophobes who for some reason make their decision based on what happens in the privacy of someones bedroom as if that makes a difference.
Deciding that someone is less worthy of their rights because they share their lives with someone of the same gender is forged from the same idea that that the colour of your skin or your gender makes you somehow less deserving.
Thankfully, racism and sexism has been left behind by the vast majority of the population who see a person and base their decisions on that other persons thoughts, morals and personality and not who they have sex with.
I hope that you find a way out of the 16th Century if you are in the first group and things have moved on from 1953 if you are in the second however much you may not like it.