Ireland celebrates after huge ‘Yes’ to gay marriage


DUBLIN: Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a “reality check” to keep in touch with changing times. Jubilant “Yes” supporters partied into the night after final results on Saturday showed 62 percent of votes in favour and 38 percent against in a country where being gay was a crime until 1993. The gay community “has given all of Irish democracy one of its greatest days,” wrote Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole.



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