Ireland chooses to legalise gay marriage in world’s first gay referendum

MORE than 3 million Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalise gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared today (Saturday May 23) after the world’s first national vote on the issue.

As the official ballot counting continued late into the afternoon, the only question appeared to be how great the ‘yes’ margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be, as thousands of revellers at central square in Dublin Castle, sat in the sunshine and watched the results live on big-screen televisions.

Tom Curren, the general secretary of the Fine Gael party said: “As a man of faith and a proud dad to a gay son, I am so happy the nation has done the right thing – and voted Yes.”

ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board Co-Chairman Paulo Corte-Real said: “On behalf of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (LGBTI)movement, we sincerely congratulate Ireland, its politicians, human rights activists and the Irish people for taking such an important step towards a society where all people can enjoy the benefits and protections of the institution of marriage regardless of their gender and sexual orientation.

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