Ireland Votes Yes

by ChinaBambi

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The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum announced on May 23rd.

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.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 countries worldwide.

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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.

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Well done Ireland! 🙂

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