Gay marriage signed into law in Ireland

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DUBLIN: Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland on Thursday, five months after a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world’s first country to vote for gay unions. “The Presidential Commission today signed the ‘Marriage Bill 2015’ into law,” the president’s office said in a statement, paving the way for the first weddings within a month. Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favor of allowing marriage between two people “without distinction as to their sex” in May, the first time anywhere that gay marriage has been legalized in a referendum. The president’s endorsement was the final hurdle for the bill after legal challenges briefly delayed the legislation from coming into effect. The first ceremonies should be possible by mid-November, according to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

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