Ireland: 62% vote in favor of same-sex marriages
Dublin, May 23: Ireland has become the first country to approve of same-sex marriage by popular vote on Saturday.According to reports, over three million people had been asked whether they wanted to amend the country’s constitution to allow same-sex marriages. Now that the referendum has been changed, gay and lesbian marriages will be given the same status as a marriage between a man and a woman,
Ireland which has always been a catholic nation, will now become a nation which protects gay rights. A leader in the Catholic Church in Ireland, Eamon Martin, was quoted telling various news agencies saying that the church needs to look at whether it continues to perform the civil duties of solemnization if the change is made.
Though, civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Ireland since 2010, giving couples legal protection could be changed by the government.However, once this vote is passed, married gay people would have a constitutional standing that can only be removed by another popular vote. Meanwhile, Minister for Equality Aodhan O Riordain a couple of hours ago tweeted: “I’m calling it. Key boxes opened. It’s a yes. And a landslide across Dublin. And I’m so proud to be Irish today.
The Oslo Times and Agencies