Ireland votes ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

Ireland votes ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

The majority has voted for legalization of gay marriages in Ireland. The whole country was speaking with one voice in favour of equality.

The majority has voted for legalization of gay marriages in Ireland. The whole country was speaking with one voice in favour of equality.

1,201,607 people, approximately 62% of Ireland’s residents, voted ‘yes’ for same-sex marriages to be legalized, while 734,300 made the opposite decision.

Irish people are celebrating gay marriages legalization.

Irish people are celebrating gay marriages legalization.

Ireland became the first country in the world that legalized gay marriage through a popular vote after more than two decades ago homosexual acts were decriminalised there.

Gay marriages are legalized in Ireland

Gay marriages became legalized in Ireland

Enda Kenny, the Irish Prime Minister, called Ireland the small country that made a huge step for equality.

Only 20 countries in the world have currently legalized same-sex marriage.

Street advertising for gay marriages legalization

Street advertising for gay marriages legalization.

On Saturday at 09:00 BST counting of votes has began and when the results were announced around 19:00 BST the atmosphere at Dublin Castle with those crowds of people that were waiting for declaring of results looked just like some fascinating event or national festival.

Thousands of people gathered to watch the results being announced at  Dublin Castle

Thousands of people gathered to watch the results being announced at Dublin Castle

The ‘yes’ vote means a lot to the Ireland with its written constitution that can be changed by nothing except referendum. So now after the proposal has been passed,  a same-sex marriage and a marriage between a man and a woman will have the same status under the constitution of Ireland. Besides, the gay marriages are to be recognised as a family and the constitutional protection for families will be guaranteed them as well.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 countries throughout the world

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 countries throughout the world

During the refendum it became clear that the traditional cultural divide between rural and urban areas had disappeared, since the only rural district out of 43 constituencies that had a majority of ‘no’ was the Roscommon-South Leitrim.
The Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, who appeared to be the first openly gay official in Ireland, said:

This is really Ireland speaking with one voice in favour of equality.

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