Irish people say ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

Majority of Irish voters approve same-sex marriage in referendum

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.

Irish voters have backed amending the constitution to legalise gay marriage in Ireland.

More than 3 million people had been invited to vote over 15 hours on Friday in Ireland’s to decide if they want the country’s constitution to allow same sex marriage.

Counting started at 09:00 BST on Saturday morning. An "unusually high" turnout has been reported.

Irish voters was asked whether they agree with the statement: "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex."

Although gay marriage is currently legal in 20 countries worldwide, Republic of Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a referendum.

Catholic intellectuals, writers and activists were strictly against it saying that a yes vote will create a crisis of personal conscience in Ireland.

However Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, asked voters to vote yes “for love and for equality.”

TRTWorld and agencies