The outcome of the same sex referendum in the Irish Republic shows a clear majority in favour of it.
Many people see this outcome as a manifestation of progress. However
this is far from the case. The popular vote in favour of same sex
marriage merely means that the electorate support the widening of the
institution of marriage in Ireland. But the issue is that marriage is an
oppressive institution that sustains the nuclear family. Marriage today
is predominantly an institution of the state and the Christian
churches.In the course of human history the family has assumed different
forms. The present prevailing family form in the West is a bourgeois
form that plays a key role in inculcating bourgeois morality and
ideology into the working class.
Much of the radical Left and the gay rights movement by calling for a
yes vote were promoting nothing but the fortification of the bourgeois
marriage institution at a time when the working class have been
increasingly shifting away from it. Instead of calling for a yes vote
the call for the abolition of marriage should have been the demand. The
very ironical fact that many of those that promoted and voted a yes vote
are members of the Catholic Church illustrates the bourgeois nature of
the yes campaign. Furthermore the fact that the major parliamentary
parties actively supported a yes vote is more evidence of the bourgeois
basis of the campaign.