M.V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and director of the
Center for Public Policy Administration at the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at
the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law.
Will Ireland become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote? M.V. Lee Badgett explains why the Catholic nation may create a turning point in the global LGBT rights movement.