.......or Hedonist with Inhibitions
I have such mixed feelings on this. Of course, I'm thrilled to see a majority of people in Ireland demonstrate their enlightenment despite a strong connection with and love for the Catholic Church. But there's another part of me that still has a hard time with the idea that my human rights should have to be put to a popular vote. But I'll stop whining and I will simply be gratified by the outcome.
I certainly understand that sentiment that our rights shouldn't have to be voted on and OK'd by the majority. However when it comes to changing laws on the books, or a national constitution, I guess there is a political process that has to be followed. In the US, the Supreme Court may decide that denying marriage to same sex couples is unconstitutional and that may settle the issue here...but I doubt it will be accepted by many religionists who have vowed to fight it forever. Perhaps a full referendum would have more weight in their world view. Even then, I think they'd just blame satan.