Ireland voted in favor of marriage equality on May 23. The historic vote was made particularly impressive by the referendum passing by a margin of nearly two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to approve same sex marriage by national popular vote.
As expected, John Oliver had something to say about this. His sharpest criticism was that of the Catholic Church’s “predictable” response to the vote.
The Vatican’s Secretary of State called the vote a “defeat for humanity.” Oliver finds the irony of this statement considering the Church’s dubious history of human rights violations.
Ireland decriminalized homosexuality 22 years ago. Eighty-four percent of the country identifies as Roman Catholic, but mentions of specific religious groups were deleted from the constitution by amendment in 1972.
Check out the video above to see Oliver’s response to the historic event.