Yahoo News: Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway.
Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, say the only question Saturday is how large the “yes” side’s margin of victory will be from Friday’s vote.”
(Carmelite sisters leave a poling place in Malahide, County Doublin Ireland on Friday)
Opinion: Senator Barack Obama’s famous speech February 17, 2008:
Excerpt “Don’t tell me words don’t matter. I have a dream – just words words. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal – just words. We have nothing to fear but fear itself – just words, just speeches.”
Just 17 months later, President Obama said this: “The police acted stupidly” in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man’s home – “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played.”
Since then, race relations between police and citizens in black neighborhoods have been in shambles.
Pope Francis July 23, 2013 comment “Who am I to judge?” (a homosexual person) opened the door to the Irish vote in a country that is 71.9% Catholic.
The president got this one right, words definitely matter.