Will Marriage Equality Bring Armagayddon to Ireland?

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Aug. 20 2014 2:53 PM

Armagayddon Comes to Ireland

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Armagayddon comes to Ireland.

Still from LGBT Noise video.

In the United States, even opponents of gay marriage are resigning themselves to the apparent truth: Soon (perhaps as soon as next year) marriage equality will be the law of the land. But in other countries, fear of gay weddings persists. Ireland will have a referendum on the issue in 2015, and as the national debate intensifies, citizens who are worried about marriage equality will likely become ever more paranoid.

It’s that trend that Irish advocacy group LGBT Noise satirizes in their very funny new video, “Armagayddon.” The short features a “normal” couple who, in the wake of marriage equality and a homo-ized Ireland, have barricaded themselves into their home and locked their young son in a box, presumably a prophylactic against gay contamination.

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Recording a home video of their experience for future historians, the wife says: “Ireland was practically unrecognizable.” Her husband adds: “We tried to blend in … but the weddings were unbelievable! I felt completely underdressed.” Armagayddon, indeed. If nothing else, LGBT Noise’s video gives fair warning to real Irish folks who might actually view gay marriage as apocalyptic: Change is coming, and if you’re smart, you’ll have a new suit made so you can greet it properly. 

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate assistant editor. He writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section.

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