Irish voters pass same-sex marriage

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Same-sex couples will soon be able to walk down the aisle in the Emerald Isle.

Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex

marriage through a popular vote on Saturday — and what a popular vote

"yes" was in the landmark referendum that will change the nation's


With votes tallied from nearly all of Ireland's 43 parliamentary

constituencies, the measure will sail through with more than 60% of

voters approving, according to official results.

Roscommon-South Leitrim, a rural section in the middle of the country,

was the lone constituency not to approve the measure.

More than 1.8 million Irish voters participated in the election, about

60% percent of the total electorate in the majority Catholic nation.

There was speculation that opposition to the measure might have been

understated in the run-up to the poll because, amid the heated debate,

people have been shy of saying they plan to vote "no."

But once the votes began to be tallied, the result never appeared to

be in doubt.

Leading figures for the "no" campaign conceded defeat several hours

before public service broadcaster RTE made it official

David Quinn — a director of the Iona Institute, a conservative

Catholic think tank that advocated against legalizing same-sex

marriage tweeted,"Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done.


A news release from the Iona Institute also paid tribute to the "yes"

campaign's" handsome victory," while thanking all the thousands of

people who campaigned on the "no" side.

Credit: CNN

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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