Ireland votes in referendum on same-sex marriage 

Ireland

May 22, Dublin: Voters in Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage on Friday. More than 3.2m people are being asked whether they want to amend the country’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST with voting continuing until 22:00 BST and counting due to start on Saturday morning.

Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Ireland in 1993. Gay couples are now allowed to sign civil partnerships.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 19 countries worldwid, most of them in Europe but also including South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.

Across the border in Northern Ireland, gay marriage is banned even though it is legal in the rest of Britain.

The Oslo Times

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