Ireland Approves Gay Marriage by Landslide Vote

Ireland Approves Gay Marriage by Landslide Vote

Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage.Yes Equality , the umbrella group that spearheaded the campaign posted “Today, we are more truly a nation of equals. The people of Ireland have exercised their Constitutional right and by direct vote they have said an emphatic ‘Yes’ to Equality. Ireland now joins twenty other countries where same-sex marriage has been made possible. Ireland is the first country in the world to do so by a vote of the people.” The official results were announced Saturday at a Dublin Castle press conference: Voter turnout in the majority Catholic nation was more than 60% with 1,201,607 voting in favor of the landmark referendum and 734,300 voting against. said Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile, an elections official. Opposition was largely organized by Catholic groups that focused on a message of protecting the traditional family but Ireland’s citizens voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike are calling a “social revolution.” Yes Equality says however the outcome has no bearing on surrogacy or adoption rights which they will seek to gain approval of next. Are you ready to take action here in America! Subscribe to the newsletter below and leave a facebook comment at the bottom of the page. Every voice counts!     Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email...
What Happened Tonight Doesn’t Reflect Freddie Grey or The Movement

What Happened Tonight Doesn’t Reflect Freddie Grey or The Movement

This is not what #FreddieGrey, his family or the people of #Baltimore are about. NOW THE NEWS will all be about tonight’s events and not about the events 15 days ago that ended in the death of Freddie Grey. A lost opportunity. #FAIL Education is the key to change. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...
How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter?

How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter?

This post first appeared at ThinkProgress. Levi Cummings didn’t die of old age. He didn’t die in an accident, and he wasn’t murdered. Cummings died because he was homeless. He likely froze to death — the state medical examiner must still officially release the cause of death — last Thursday, a victim of the polar vortex and of his inability to afford a place to stay. Cummings left behind his main companion, a dog named Baby Girl, and a bevy of goodwill in the community. “He was the kindest, sweetest man you ever met,” Glenn Blankenship, director of the Shawnee Rescue Mission, told the Shawnee News-Star. Cummings’ death, like those of all homeless people who die from the cold, was preventable. However, he had the unfortunate luck of living in Shawnee, Oklahoma, a city ThinkProgress previously profiled as the worst city in America to be homeless. There should have been another shelter in Shawnee for people like Cummings, but the privately funded project was scrapped by the City Commission, whose chief owned numerous houses nearby and worried what would happen to his property values. There are currently 578,424 homeless people living in the United States, a third of whom have no shelter at all. As temperatures start to fall across the country, they are an extremely vulnerable population, even in areas of the country that don’t regularly see freezing temperatures like Oklahoma and California. More could soon suffer Cummings’s fate. For example, seven homeless people died last year in California during a brutal three-week stretch as temperatures in the normally temperate Bay Area dropped to near freezing. Despite the spate of deaths, Santa Clara County officialsclosed the only local cold-weather...