Actor Colin Farrell is going after the Catholic Church, saying that they didn’t handle gay marriage legalization in the right way. He discusses the narrative the church was taking on when gay marriage was legalized in Ireland.
According to E!, the actor said, “It was really funny because one of the arguments when the vote went through was that the church came out and said, ‘You know, this was a dark day for Ireland,’ and all you could see was literally rainbows everywhere, posters of rainbows, T-shirts of rainbows, men and women hugging, men and men hugging, women and women hugging.”
He continued to paint the stark difference between the Catholic Church and what was happening in real time.
“And yet cut to, ‘This is a dark day in the history of [Ireland]. A dark day in the history of a country is internal civil conflict and war and bloodshed… It was a great day.”
In the past, Farrell has been an advocate for the LGBT. His brother, Eamon, is gay and had to marry his husband Steven outside of his home of Ireland.
Of his brother Eamon, Colin said, “He got married in Vancouver seven or eight years ago to his husband, but I think it’s time he’ll enjoy a homegrown celebration.”
— PropositionLove (@PropositionLove) November 22, 2014
Back when it was legalized, Farrell praised Ireland. “Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel. How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland.”
— Stylist Magazine (@StylistMagazine) November 18, 2014
Back in November, Colin penned a letter in the Sunday World, in hopes to encourage people to support gay rights in Ireland.
“My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay, but he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him. That’s why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE.”
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