Morrissey applauds Ireland for gay marriage vote but criticises country for animal cruelty

The Smiths singer says that the Irish people have 'taught the church and politicians'

Morrissey has spoken out following Ireland’s historic gay marriage referendum vote last week, posting an open letter online.

The people of Ireland voted in a referendum on gay marriage on Friday (May 22) with the verdict being confirmed on Saturday. The vote was almost two to one in favour of legalising same-sex marriage with all but one of the districts that were counted voted yes. More than 60 per cent of the 3.2 million people eligible to vote did so. The result marks a significant result for gay rights activists in Ireland with homosexuality only decriminalised in the country since 1993.

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Music stars such as Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith and Drenge have applauded Ireland for legalising gay marriage. U2 recently dedicated their song ‘Pride’ to Ireland at their show in Arizona.

In a short statement (which you can read in full below), the former Smiths frontman added his voice to those reacting to the news, congratulating the Irish people for their actions but also urging them to improve their animal rights policies. Morrissey writes: “Now, Ireland, please abolish fur farms and factory-farming and transportation of live animals, and welcome yourself completely into the 21st century.”

Read the full letter below, via True To You:

“Congratulations to Ireland

The people, once again, teach the church. The people, once again, teach the politicians.

Now, Ireland, please abolish fur farms and factory-farming and transportation of live animals, and welcome yourself completely into the 21st century.

Morrissey
24 May 2015
Sydney, Australia.”

Meanwhile, Morrissey recently penned an open letter to Al Gore ahead of next month’s Live Earth event. In Morrissey’s letter to Gore, sent on behalf of PETA, he claimed that “serving meat and dairy products at an event to combat climate change is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally” and that it is Gore’s “moral duty” to promote a vegan diet at the event, which will be marked with concerts in New York, South Africa, Australia, China, Brazil and Paris on June 18.

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Noel Gallagher has claimed that Bono can drink more than Morrissey. When quizzed on who between the pair and Bobby Gillespie could drink the most, the ex-Oasis man replied: “Bono, hands down. Bobby don’t drink [He gave up alcohol in 2008]. Morrissey is good crack.”

Gallagher added: “[Morrissey] can drink… [he] doesn’t really get drunk though – he remains equally as vicious from the fucking minute you meet him until seven hours later. I lighten up once I’ve had a drink. Not Morrissey. But Bono, he is really fucking brilliant company. I’ve been drinking with him, and I’ve been leaving a bar at 6 in the morning and he’s on the bar singing opera. And he’s got a fucking gig the following night with 70,000 people. And I’m being escorted out like James Brown – fucking pissed.”