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Historic vote in Ireland: same-sex marriage legalised


Ireland will be the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by a national popular vote. With a turnout of more than 60%, and 62% ‘yes’ votes against 38% ‘no’ votes, the referendum held on Friday marks a historic moment in a country that has long been under the influence of the Catholic Church. Many Irish people living abroad have travelled home in order to take part is what has been termed a “social revolution”.  The outcome of the referendum means that an amendment to the Constitution will be introduced and gay couples will now be granted the same forms of protection as heterosexual couples. The first gay marriages are likely to take place in early autumn.

Ireland will be the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by a national popular vote. With a turnout of more than 60%, and 62% ‘yes’ votes against 38% ‘no’ votes, the referendum held on Friday marks a historic moment in a country that has long been under the influence of the Catholic Church. Many Irish people living abroad have travelled home in order to take part is what has been termed a “social revolution”.  The outcome of the referendum means that an amendment to the Constitution will be introduced and gay couples will now be granted the same forms of protection as heterosexual couples. The first gay marriages are likely to take place in early autumn.

 

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