Ireland Votes 'YES' To Gay Marriage

yesThe Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.
More than 62% voted in favour of amending the country’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
It is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said it was a “small country with a big message for equality” around the world.
The referendum was held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland.

Atmosphere
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 countries worldwide.
BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler said the atmosphere at Dublin Castle, where thousands of people gathered to watch the results being announced, was more like a festival than a referendum result.
Counting began at 09:00 BST on Saturday, and the final result was declared shortly before 19:00 BST.
Cheers and applause greeted the announcement of the results by the returning officer Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile.
The turnout was more than 60%, and the outcome seemed clear a short time into the count, with prominent “no” campaigners declaring defeat early on.

What the ‘yes’ vote means
The Republic of Ireland has a written constitution which can only be changed by referendum.
Now that the proposal has been passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex will have the same status under the Irish constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman.
They will be recognised as a family and be entitled to the constitutional protection for families.
Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Ireland since 2010, giving couples legal protection which could be changed by the government.
However, married gay people will now have a constitutional standing that can only be removed by another popular vote.

 

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