Historic Vote Puts Same-Sex Marriage Front and Center in Ireland

What is being called a solid voter turnout, more than 3 million people took to the polls to vote in referendum on same-sex marriage on Friday in Ireland.

The vote is of historic status because "Ireland would become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage at the polls through popular vote rather than through national legislature. The country's populace is one of the most Catholic in all the world—around 80 percent—in which civil partnership were only introduced a mere four years ago," according to Common Dreams.

In a statement on Thursday night, Edna Kenny, Ireland's prime minister said: "There is nothing to fear for voting for love and equality."

And various polls have showed the "yes" vote to be "backed by between 53-69 percent of voters," according to Common Dreams.

Will Ireland join the 19 other countries where same-sex marriage is legal?


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