Ireland Becomes First Country to Vote in Same-Sex Marriage

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Crowds Poured Into the Streets Afterwards to Celebrate

Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a public vote.  All 43 of the constituencies except for one voted yes as the country overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage.  The new laws will go to the Parliament before summer and the first marriages may take place before the end of the year.

The referendum saw the highest voter turnout in two decades, with about 60.52% of the population voting, and 62.1% supporting it overall.  Prime Minister Enda Kenny told a news conference after the vote that, “the answer is yes to their future, yes to their love, yes to equal marriage.”

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