Residents of Ireland voted in May to amend the country’s constitution to legalize same-sex marriage, despite fierce opposition from the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and interference from American Religious Right groups.
Both chambers of the North Carolina legislature have voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a discriminatory “religious freedom” bill. The bill will allow magistrates who object to same-sex marriage to opt out of solemnizing the ceremonies, even though they are public officials.
Usually, when I go on a trip outside of the United States, I write a column about the church-state relationship in whatever place I have visited.