How Did Catholic Ireland Achieve Such a Definitive Victory for Marriage Equality?

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The marriage equality referendum in Ireland is still making waves–and headlines–around the globe.  Except for last October’s Vatican synod on marriage and family, I can’t think of any single story on Catholic LGBT issues which has generated so much commentary and analysis as the Ireland vote has.  It’s been a challenge to keep up, and though we have presented a few posts already on the subject, we expect to do at least one more this week after this one.

Today, I’d like to focus on the ways that people have answered the question:  “How did Catholic Ireland achieve such a definitive victory for marriage equality? ”

Probably the best answer that I read was one of the first published. A few days after the vote, Fr. Paul Morrissey, OSA, a priest of Irish descent who lives in the U.S., wrote an op-ed in USA Today,  in which he asserted “Ireland is…

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