A social revolution begins
Author: Sonja Tiernan

Ireland was the first country to extend marriage to same-sex couples through a public vote. This book records the political campaign and strategy that led to this momentous event in 2015, from the origins of a gay rights movement in a repressive Ireland through to the establishment of the Yes Equality campaign. The story traces how, for perhaps the first time in the history of the Irish State, the country shed its conservative Catholic image. Ultimately, this is the account of how a new wave of activism was successfully introduced in Ireland which led to a social revolution that is being fully realised in 2019 and beyond through subsequent campaigns, activism and further referenda. The marriage equality movement is best explored through the stories of the main campaigners, including those already well known in the Irish movement, such as David Norris, Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, as well as individuals who inspired the founding of vibrant new groups such as NOISE and Marriage Equality, or reactivated established groups such as GLEN. This social revolution is detailed through accounts of how political lobbying was used and court cases launched that brought about necessary legal and political change which now showcases Ireland as a progressive country continually working towards achieving full equality.

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A new direction
Sonja Tiernan

4 Marriage Equality: A new direction Recently formed Marriage Equality had a mammoth task ahead to shift the public and political focus from civil partnerships to civil marriage. The organisation advocated through a developed approach employing four inter-connected strategies.1 The first strategy, which was to become the most noticeable aspect of the campaign, was communications. The aim here was to improve LGBT visibility and justify why same-sex couples could only achieve equality through access to civil marriage. The second strategy was political engagement

in The history of marriage equality in Ireland
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Jennifer Ward

Marriage for noble and gentry children was arranged by their families, with the participation on occasion of their lords and of the king, and it was relatively rare for the children themselves to take matters into their own hands. Marriage has to be set in the framework of the rules and conventions of feudal lordship, and was inextricably linked to property and wealth; personal

in Women of the English Nobility and Gentry, 1066-1500
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Caitriona Clear

4883 Social Change PT bjl.qxd 13/6/07 11:07 Page 74 5 Marriage Téir abhaile ‘s fan sabhaile mar tá do mhargadh déanta . . . Tá do mhargadh – níl mo mhargadh – tá do mhargadh déanta . . . (Go home and stay at home because your match is made . . . Your match is made – my match is not made – your match is made . . .) (Téir Abhaile, traditional, Donegal) Introduction We are certain of three things about marriage and family in Ireland in the years 1850–1922. The first is that Irish people in general married at a lower rate than the European norm; the second is

in Social change and everyday life in Ireland 1850–1922
Deborah Wilson

M1524 - WILSON TEXT.qxp:Graham Q7 25/9/08 12:18 Page 19 1 Women, marriage and statute law in Ireland In 1753 the ‘act for the better preventing of clandestine marriages’, otherwise known as ‘Hardwicke’s Marriage Act’, passed into law in England. The Act reinforced paternal authority over children by introducing the necessity for parental consent for the marriage of minors, under twenty-one. It also undermined the previously private nature of marriage by making the publication of marriage banns compulsory. It was the first major state involvement in the

in Women, marriage and property in wealthy landed families in Ireland, 1750–1850
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Emily J. Manktelow

historians of Christian mission, seen often as an exemplary instance of female vocation falling asunder to the sexual and reproductive demands of missionary men and a patriarchally structured mission society. Doug Stuart in his 1994 thesis ‘Of savages and heroes’ has noted that ‘the real issue for Ann Hamilton was her passion for missionary work’ and that while ‘Ann Hamilton clearly viewed her marriage as a means to missionary activity’ it was ‘the demands of the marriage itself she was unwilling to accept’. 2 More recently

in Missionary families
Author: Deborah Wilson

Until recently, women featured in the historiography of the landed class in Ireland either as bearers of assets to advantageous matches or as potential drains on family estates as a result of long widowhoods. Drawing on a range of sources from the papers of landed families, including settlements, wills and personal correspondence, this book challenges established notions and provides fresh insight into the place of these women. It seeks to contribute to existing historiography by looking beyond the dynastic and economic concerns that dominate the current history of the Irish elite. The book looks at women's experiences of property and power in twenty landed families between 1750 and 1850, and outlines the statutory developments that impacted upon the distribution of family property in Ireland. It considers how women were provided for by family settlements and examines the legal, social and familial factors that influenced the experience elite women had of property. Individual examples are employed to demonstrate the similarities and differences between women in this class, and to illustrate how the experience women had of property in this period was more complex than their legal and social status might suggest.

Katie Barclay

2 Marriage within Scottish culture L ike in most of Europe, patriarchal social relations underpinned all forms of human interaction in Scotland through the seventeenth and into the late nineteenth century. A male head of household presiding over his subordinates, which included his wife, resident adult offspring, young children and servants, was the ideal form of household and the very basis of the social order. Symbolically, the conjugal relationship was the epitome of patriarchy, which all other social relationships, including that of king and subjects, should

in Love, intimacy and power
David Geiringer

We first met June in the previous chapter; we saw how it was not until her early forties that her marriage went ‘off the rails’, as she became aware of her and her husband’s ‘sexual incompatibility’ and had an affair. The following excerpt from our interview offers some insight into the sexual difficulties that June encountered in her early marriage, while also introducing

in The Pope and the pill
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Myrna Loy and William Powell
Kathrina Glitre

Myrna Loy and William Powell 65 3 Making marriage fun: Myrna Loy and William Powell There had been romantic couples before, but Loy and Powell were something new and original. They actually made marital comedy palatable. (George Cukor, quoted by Kotsilibas-Davis and Loy 1988: 69) When people remember Myrna Loy and William Powell, they inevitably think of their roles as Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man films.1 Cukor’s reaction to the pairing is typical. Jacobs felt The Thin Man highlighted the ‘intimacy and companionship of married life’ (1969: 534) and

in Hollywood romantic comedy States of the union, 1934–65