Saturday, May 23, 2015

70% of Irish People Vote for Gay Marriage -- Overwhelming Vote -- When Irish Eyes Are Smiling -- Éirinn go Brách (Ireland Forever!)

I awoke this morning with a song in my heart to the news from NPR on my cellular telephone: we won!

 The ancestral home of my first American ancestor just voted by some 70% to recognize Gay marriage, the first nation in the world to do so by popular vote, and now the 20th in the world.

Irish people returned to vote from as far away as Australia. Éirinn go Brách! (Ireland forever!)

In 1991, I wrote the first article on Gay marriage for an American Bar Association publication ("What makes a marriage legal") after our landmark case of Rinde v. Woodward & Lothrop (equal discount benefits for Gay and Lesbian employee partners for department store employees at 30 Woodward & Lothrop and John Wanamaker stores in six states and D.C.).

 Here's a song dedication -- sing it loudly and proudly -- it's our time, our planet and our equal rights will be respected and not neglected.

Chorus: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure 'tis like a morn in spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing. When Irish hearts are happy, all the world seems bright and gay, And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.
Verse 1: There's a tear in your eye and I'm wondering why, For it never should be there at all. With such power in your smile, sure a stone you'd beguile, So there's never a teardrop should fall, When your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song And your eyes twinkle bright as can be. You should laugh all the while and all other times smile, And now smile a smile for me.
Verse 2: For your smile is a part of the love in your heart, And it makes even sunshine more bright. Like the linnet's sweet song, crooning all the day long. Comes your laughter so tender and light. For the springtime of life is the sweetest of all, There is ne'er a real care or regret. And while springtime is ours, throughout all of youth's hours, Let us smile each chance we get.

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