Colin Farrell does not shy away when it comes to his views on gay rights and same-sex marriage. Weeks after his native country Ireland legalized nuptial between same-sex couples, the actor has blasted the Catholic Church and it’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
In an exclusive interview with E! News published on Monday, the “True Detective” star mocked the church for shunning a historic day in Ireland. He felt that the fact that the Catholic Church said it was a “dark day” in the history of the country was a dark day within itself because it was a day that symbolized a progression in acceptance and equal rights for all.
“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,’ and 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],’” Farrell said in the interview. “A dark day in the history of a country is internal civil conflict and war and bloodshed…It was a great day.”
Farrell hasn’t just spoken out as a supporter of same-sex marriage; he has also spoken out as a loving brotherand has stood up for his gay brother Eamon, who had to leave the country so he could marry his husband Steven. In the interview, Farrell applauded his brother’s activism and was proud to share the moment with him and look forwards to another marriage celebration.
“I was a bit concerned about him, he put himself on the line greatly for a cause he believes in and a message that he wanted to see brought to the point of being a constitutional change,” Farrell continued, “… and 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.”
With the historic victory on May 22, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. The country also became an inspiration to other countries looking to follow a similar path. Here in the United States, the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide rests on the shoulders of the Supreme Court as a ruling on the issue is expected sometime in June.