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Gay Marriage in Ireland

by Margaret Manalo

Published: July 14, 2015

Ireland has taken the news by storm in 2015 as the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage through popular vote. Take this quiz to investigate Ireland’s Catholic history and the people’s opinions.


1. There is possibility that inspiration for the nation’s favor towards same-sex marriage is fueled from misdemeanor by Ireland’s Catholic Churches – what recent revelations have cause uproar?

A. forcing religious conversion
B. allowing polygamy
C. overlooking incest
D. child sex abuse

2. Concepts of the Catholic Church were questioned two years ago, when which legislation was declined?

A. use of contraception
B. abortion
C. allowing sex before marriage
D. disapproving divorce

3. What percentage of the vote was in favor of gay marriage in the Irish referendum?

A. 52%
B. 57%
C. 62%
D. 67%

4. Concerning constituencies, by what percentage did Yes votes outdo the No votes?

A. 5%
B. 10%
C. 15%
D. 20%

5. True or False: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed that Ireland took a "courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality.”

A. True
B. False



1. [D] child sex abuse
Numerous revelations in the past two decades of child sex abuse involving priests and cover-ups by bishops have greatly diminished the standing of the church hierarchy. Such calamity speaks volumes against a country that is nominally 85% Catholic. Therefore, preaches against same-sex marriage by bishops became less influential. Homosexual acts were decriminalized in 1993 and civil partnership was introduced in 2010.

Harrison, S. (2015, May 23). Gay marriage Yes vote shows how much Republic of Ireland has changed – BBC News. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from

2. [B] abortion
The standings of the Catholic Church were under scrutiny two years ago. Bishops were unable to stop the government and politicians from introducing legislation to allow for abortions during situations of credible suicide threat from a woman if she was forced to continue with her pregnancy. Same-sex marriage has been deemed comparable to this scenario of equal right to life to the mother and the unborn. Other complications include controversy over cases where the fetus cannot survive outside the womb and where a pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.

Harrison, S. (2015, May 23). Gay marriage Yes vote shows how much Republic of Ireland has changed – BBC News. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from 

3. [C] 62%
The verdict towards marriage equality was won with 62.1% in favor. This changed Ireland’s constitution to define marriage as a union “by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” Ireland has made history as the first country to approve marriage equality by way of popular national vote, in spite of being a mostly Catholic nation.

Smith-Spark, L., Conlon, K., & Black, P. (2015). Ireland passes same-sex marriage referendum - Retrieved June 22, 2015, from

Terkel, A. (2015, May 27). Joe Biden Praises Ireland For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage. Retrieved June 21, 2015, from

4. [D] 20%
Out of a total valid poll of 1,935,907: 1,201,607 people voted in favor while 734,300 voted against. Concerning constituencies, a top ten Yes and No list was compiled by The Irish Times. Voting bodies in Dublin dominated the top ten Yes list with Dublin South East at 74.9% Yes, Dublin North at 72.6%, and Dublin Central 72.4%. The top three No list was headed by Roscommon-South Leitrim at 51.4% voting No, Donegal South West at 49.9%, and Cavan-Monaghan 49.4%.

Hilliard, M. (2015, May 24). Ireland becomes first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from

5. [A] True
A Catholic with Irish roots, Vice President Joe Biden openly praised Ireland for historically voting the legalization of marriage equality. Biden eagerly supported the many statements made by Irish political leaders, as well as the prime minister’s words, which enunciated the nation as “a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.” The prime minister encourages hope that Ireland’s choice will inspire the rest of the world with “a sound of pioneering leadership.”

Terkel, A. (2015, May 27). Joe Biden Praises Ireland For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage. Retrieved June 21, 2015, from


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