“We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate,” Vradkar said. “That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. It’s a very proud day to be Irish.”
As Common Dreams reported on Friday, the vote is historic not just because it makes Ireland the first country to legalize marriage equality by a popular vote, but also because the populace is about 80 percent Catholic and only introduced civil partnership four years ago. Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 19 countries worldwide.
“The Irish people have voted for love and equality,” British rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said on Saturday. “Oscar Wilde would be so proud. This vote will give hope to millions of same-sex couples around the world who want to marry the person they love. Equal marriage is an unstoppable global trend. The Irish vote is proof that love can triumph over prejudice and discrimination.”
The Guardian is providing live updates on the results here.
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