It was Irish EU troughers that won gay marriage referendum

Gay marriage is one of those issues that excites strong emotions. With Ireland in mind, as interesting as the issue itself is how it got on the agenda. This sceptic about gay marriage says it was down to a radical liberal ideology running riot through modern Europe, and it’s the lawyers who have most to celebrate

Same-sex marriage is to be legalised in the Republic of Ireland, the first country to introduce it by popular vote. To many people around the world, this must have come as a surprise.

If there was one country with a reputation for strong traditional beliefs, Ireland was that country. So what happened?

Why has Ireland, of all countries, decided to dismantle what traditionalists see as the natural institution of marriage between a man and a woman — an institution that has been integral to human society throughout most of human history — to be replaced by state recognition of what some would see as inherently sterile unions and what, in many cases, would be assumed by such traditionalists as frivolous commitments from those playing at being parents?