Jordan Bryant | Contributing Writer
Just in time for LGBT month, Irish wedding bells can now ring a more prideful tune. On May 23, Ireland became the first country to allow same-sex marriage for citizens by popular vote. In the past, Ireland was known as a highly religious nation. Homosexuality itself was criminalized until 1993.
The history behind the conception of LGBT Pride month began in 1969 during the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, which were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation movement. The month is meant to recognize the impact the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. President Bill Clinton began this in 1995 and has continued to this day as a major event to be celebrated all over the world.
Today, people are free to choose whomever they wish to spend their lives with. Ireland hopes to encourage other nations to follow suit. In a statement released after the results, First Minister Martin McGuiness said, “The world is moving on and Ireland is taking the lead”.
All over the world, same-sex marriage is a major issue that has sparked controversy. In some countries, homosexualty is still illegal. There also are countries that recognize homosexulaity but do not allow same-sex marriage.In contrast,there are countries like South Africa, Canada and Brazil that fully recognize homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In these such countries, same-sex marriage is highly publicized in movies, tv and books.
Same-sex marriage has been an issue within America for years and more recently with the 2016 Presidential election coming up. While the majority of American states tolerate same-sex marriage, it is not allowed in all 50 states. With states promoting the right to marriage such as Maryland, Virginia and California, nationwide freedom could be in the near future. And what better way to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with the news in favor of the LGBT culture.