Labour's pet hobby-horse, the Constitutional Convention, votes overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage.
This might be a terrible thing to say, but I don't have much respect for the independent-mindedness of the people of Ireland. I think we are probably one of the most easily brainwashed countries in the world. I'm pretty sure that, if a national referendum asked the same question tomorrow, the answer would be the same and would be quite emphatic, if not so resounding. And why? Through our national horror of appearing "backward", that's why.
"It's not the role of the State to pass judgement on who a person falls in love with, or who they want to spend their life with," said the Tanaiste, in enthusiastic reaction to the vote. But surely that is exactly what the whole push for same-sex marriage assumes-- that the State can and should redefine marriage, on the basis of a new morality?