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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ireland is first country to legalize same-sex marriage in popular vote #HNNGayvoices

Ireland same-sex marriage

Ireland has become the first country to legalize gay marriage through a popular vote, defying the Roman Catholic Church in a landslide referendum victory to change the constitution of the traditionally conservative nation.

As thousands celebrated Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Dublin Castle, official results were released showing a 62.1% “yes” vote for allowing same-sex couples to marry.

“I’m so proud to be Irish today,” Ireland’s Minister for Equality Aodhan O Riordain said on Twitter.

“We are making history but that is not what it is about,” said Maeve O’Sullivan, a 40-year-old North Dublin social worker and mother of two. “It’s about supporting people and being inclusive. It is accepting people on the most basic level, and I am over the moon.”

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