The vote in Ireland to legalize same-sex marriage is a historic and momentous occasion. But even though they’ve just become the first country to legalize marriage equality through a popular vote, they still couldn’t help but inject a healthy dose of Irish wit into proceedings.
A viral video has started to circulate of Irish taxi driver Martin Duffy giving a perfect response after being asked which way Ireland should vote in such a law.
Well, I don’t think I’ve heard this sensitive debate summed up and answered in such a perfect fashion. Kudos, to the delightfully witty Martin Duffy.
After ABC Australian News’ reporter set-up Duffy’s hilarious comment with the snappy introduction of, “Some approach [the Irish same-sex marriage referendum] with trademark Irish humor.” This then perfectly segued into Duffy joking, “I’m all in favour of same sex marriage; because I’ve been having the same sex with the wife for thirty years.” Martin Duffy, you really need to stand up and take a bow.
The clip has already managed to generate quite a bit of attention because after it was uploaded to YouTube on the account of Martin Duffy on May 22, it has since been watched close to 300,000 times in just 24 hours.
According to CNN, official results on the referendum saw the measure go through after 60 percent voters approved it. In fact the only constituency from Ireland’s 43 parliamentary constituencies not to approve it was Roscommon-South Leitrim, a rural section that is located right in the middle of Ireland.
Leo Varadkar, the Irish Health minister who came out as Ireland’s first openly gay minister, was clearly proud of his country and its voters after the decision. “We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” he commented.
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