- Conor O'Clery: Ireland's 'yes' vote on same-sex marriage signals a changing nation, no longer in thrall to the Catholic church
- He says a tide of politicians, celebrities coming out or voicing support for gay family members helped lead Irish people to take up cause
Conor O'Clery is a former foreign correspondent for the Irish Times and the author of several books, including "Daring Diplomacy," an account of President Clinton's role in the Irish peace process, and "The Billionaire Who Wasn't," a biography of Irish-American philanthropist Chuck Feeney. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Dublin (CNN)Considerable surprise has been expressed around the world about the fact that traditionally conservative and Catholic Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a referendum May 22 by a majority of nearly two to one.