How Ireland's gay marriage vote exposes the catch-22 of modern Christianity

Ireland's gay marriage vote shows the challenges Christianity faces in the 21st century

A couple walks hand-in-hand in Dublin.
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If someone in 1995 had told me that in 20 years over 60 percent of the Irish electorate would vote to approve same-sex marriage, I'd have called this person a madman. Hell, two decades ago I'd have scoffed at predictions about same-sex marriage being accepted anywhere. But super-Catholic Ireland? Surely that would be the last place in the Western world to adopt such a radical reform.

And yet, it's happened. Like the legions of liberal commentators who have cheered the results, I'm pleased to see Irish gays and lesbians gain the right to marry. Yet unlike most of those commentators, I'm not content to leave it at well wishes expressed over a pint of Guinness.

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