Why is it OK for Ireland to Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage – but 30 States Can’t Vote to Make it Illegal?

Ireland overwhelmingly voted for same-sex marriage. Why does Ireland’s vote count when in the United States votes by state legislatures and the general public (e.g., California, Alabama, Texas) are often overruled by unelected judges? Why is it right in Ireland to vote for something and have it mean something, but in the United States when people vote for something a single judge can overrule that majority vote.

For example, “in June 2006, voters in Alabama overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment barring authorities from issuing marriage licenses to ‘parties of the same sex.’ The referendum passed with 81 percent of the vote.” That’s nearly 20 percent higher than the vote in Ireland to approve of same-sex marriage. So why is it that a single judge tried to rule that Alabama’s popular vote did not matter?

If a popular vote in Ireland matters on same-sex marriage, why are homosexuals going to the Supreme Court to have the court overrule 30 state governments that have either ruled in their legislatures or by referendums voted on the people to outlaw same-sex marriage?


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