Colin Farrell has criticised the Catholic Church for its reaction to the result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum.
The Irish Hollywood star, whose brother is gay, was a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage in the lead up to the referendum. He has also been supportive of equal rights for gay people in general throughout the years.
Last month Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage. Some sections of the Catholic Church said that it was an opportunity to reassess its position on gay marriage in the 21st century.
However, they were somewhat drowned out by headlines stating that the Catholic Church was in ‘bereavement’ or that the referendum result was an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for the Church.
A senior Vatican official was even quoted as saying that the result was a ‘defeat for humanity’.
Farrell didn’t share that view and has spoken out against the negative reaction.
In an interview with E! news the True Detective actor said: “It was really funny because one of the arguments when the vote went through was that the church came out and said, ‘You know, this was a dark day for Ireland.’
“All you could see was literally rainbows everywhere, posters of rainbows, T-shirts of rainbows, men and women hugging, men and men hugging, women and women hugging, and yet cut to, ‘This is a dark day in the history of Ireland’
“A dark day in the history of a country is internal civil conflict and war and bloodshed…It was a great day.”
He also said that he expected his brother Eamon to get married in Ireland in the near future.
He said: “I’m sure he will be married [in Ireland] within the next year. He got married in Vancouver seven or eight years ago to his husband, but I think it’s time he’ll enjoy a home grown celebration.”
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