BREAKING: Ireland has voted to legalize marriage equality

BREAKING: Ireland has voted to legalize marriage equality


Ireland made history over the last few days as the first country to legalize marriage equality via referendum. 

Technically, the votes are still being counted, but apparently members of the “vote no” team have already conceded and admitted that the “vote yes” crew has won. Early estimates guessed 70% of Irish voters would vote for marriage equality, and it’s looking like that number may be true or higher.

Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the “yes” side’s margin of victory will be from Friday’s vote.

“We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.

“There is going to be a very substantial majority for a yes vote. I’m not at all surprised by that to be honest with you,” said Irish Sen. Ronan Mullen, one of only a handful of politicians who campaigned for rejection.

Absolutely incredible. Congratulations, Ireland! This is so exciting, and I hope you are all jumping for joy. I know we are over here on your behalf.