From the Times:
Ireland Votes to Approve Gay Marriage, Putting Country in Vanguard
DUBLIN — Ireland became the first nation to approve same-sex marriageby a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.
With the final ballots counted, the vote was 62 percent in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, and 38 percent opposed.
And does this mean anything for the Supreme Court, which is presumably penning a decision on gay marriage due to be delivered in June?
My understanding of the Court process is that we are late in the game, the votes have been cast and the winners and dissenters (if any) are already drafting their opinions.
But set aside reality for a moment. If I were a Court liberal, I would insist that the Irish vote confirms the tide of history and demonstrates that The Time Is Now for the court to deliver a sweeping affirmation of gay rights.
Or if I were a conservative (more likely!) I would argue that the United States is still a democracy too, and maybe the court should issue a modest, limited decision which will give the vox populi some room to speak through the legislative process.