62% vote Yes in Irish referendum to legalize gay marriage: ‘That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world’

I agree 100 percent other countries like South Africa, it is just like samesex civil union law not even marriage was forced on South Africans because their majority are against it

National Post

DUBLIN — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue.

With all the results counted, returning officer Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile declared Saturday that Ireland had passed the same-sex marriage referendum with 62.1 per cent voting yes and 37.9 per cent voting no. A total of 1,935,907 ballots were cast, representing a 60.5 per cent voter turnout in a country of 4.5 million.

Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centres and at the official results centre in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revellers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.

“We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular…

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