Same-sex marriage in Ireland became official on 16 November 2015. A referendum on 22 May 2015 amended the Constitution of Ireland to provide that marriage is recognized irrespective of the sex of the partners. The measure was signed into law by the President of Ireland as the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland on 29 August 2015. The first marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples in Ireland occurred on 17 November 2015. Ireland became the first country in the world to do so by popular vote in a move hailed as a social revolution and welcomed around the world. Some 62 percent of the Irish Republic’s electorate voted in favor of gay marriage.

To commemorate the event and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day it is only appropriate that we showcase the most famous Irish gay man of all times: 

Oscar Wilde (1854 –1900)

“It is impossible to imagine the universe without Wilde’s epigrams “someone said. Their secret is that they can be at once true and false. As we absorb the paradox, our view of life is extended and enlarged. Here is a small collection of some of Wilde’s best sayings, from his plays and other writings. His wit is never ponderous or pretentious. Wilde is not only gay himself but the inspiration of gayety in others.

On Women: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.

On Men: The happiness of a married man…depends on the people he has not married. By remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.

On Love & Marriage: In married life, three is company and two is none. The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.

On Youth & Age: The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. The body is born young and grows old. That is life’s tragedy.

On Other People: Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong.

On Morals & Religion: The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. There is no sin except stupidity.

On Books: The books that the world call immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

On Art & Music: No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.

On Modern Times: We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern. One is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly.