Saturday, May 23, 2015

By How Much?


More on the Irish equal marriage rights referendum:

"As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the "yes" margin of victory from Friday's vote would be. Analysts said the "yes" support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday." 

IT'S IN. WE ARE ALL IRISH TODAY!!!!! :)



Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum: 'Yes' Campaign Poised for Victory

Ireland Votes on Historic Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Nightly News
DUBLIN - Ireland appeared to have become the first country in the world to vote for gay marriage Saturday after both sides in its referendum declared a resounding victory for 'Yes' campaigners.

There was a mood of excitement in Dublin as early results showed a high turnout and a strong lead for 'Yes' votes.

Senior figures in the "No" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriage, said the only question was how large the "Yes" side's margin of victory would be. David Quinn, director of the conservative Iona Institute, conceded defeat and congratulated the 'Yes' side.
"There is going to be a very substantial majority for a 'Yes' vote. I'm not at all surprised by that to be honest with you," said Irish Sen. Ronan Mullen, one of only a handful of politicians who campaigned for rejection.

Political analyst Noel Whelan noted that "yes" majorities were being reported even in conservative rural districts and suggested the only question was how large the "yes" majority would be when all ballots in this predominantly Catholic nation of 4.6 million are counted.
Image: Ireland Holds Referendum On Same Sex Marriage Law Charles McQuillan / Getty Images
A Yes campaigner in favour of same-sex marriage takes a selfie at the RDS count centre on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Government minister Leo Varadkar predicted that voters in the capital had endorsed gay marriage by about 70 percent against 30 percent against.
Official results in the poll, which pitted liberal forces against Ireland's conservative Catholic foundation, are expected later Saturday.

Polling station officials said Ireland could top 60 percent turnout nationally for the first time since the country narrowly voted to legalize divorce in 1995, but was unlikely to reach the 68 percent achieved when the Irish voted to ease access to foreign abortions in 1992.

Backers of gay marriage had hoped for high turnout, reflecting strong participation by young and first-time voters.

VOTE REPUBLICONS OUT and PROGRESSIVES IN 2016!!!!!!


Campaigners believe high turnout will carry IRISH Yes vote!!!!!

Take a look at this story here or below. IS this amazing or is this amazing?!!!!!! It's not completely counted yet but our progressive Irish allies put out a MASSIVE effort. This huge turnout is what gets progressives results no matter which country but especially in the US. It is how our president got elected.

GOOD FOR YOU, IRELAND, IF the YES vote prevails in numbers the first national marriage equality by referendum EVER will prevail. The pending results seem good. I'm not claiming marriage equality victory for our Irish progressive brothers and sisters yet as I have seen my hopes dashed too many times but it surely does look that way. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, IRELAND!! IF YOU PREVAIL IT HELPS ALL OF US IN THE WESTERN WORLD BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE US!

We MUST do this and get out the vote en masse to overturn one of the most rancid US Congresses EVER and get Republicans OUT of office so we can have a nation that is not the fear and the laughing stock of the world!

IT IS WHY FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF I WILL END MY POSTS WITH, PROGRESSIVES, GET OUT THE 2016 VOTE TO OVERTURN REPUGLICON CONTROL TO A SANE/HUMANE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS!

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/campaigners-believe-high-turnout-will-carry-yes-vote-1.2222949