It's official! Ireland has become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote in the world. Leaders on both side of the Irish referendum declared the legalization on Saturday.
As the counting continued into the night, the yes margin became greater and is said to exceed 60 percent nationally after the official results are in, according to the Associated Press.
Thousands of people packed the cobblestoned central square outside the Dublin Castle, the official results center, as the results were projected live on big screens. Same-sex couples began cheering as the yes margin out weighed the no.
While many people are calling this more than a referendum and more like a social revolution, the landslide vote "marked a stunning generational shift from the 1980s, when voters still firmly backed Catholic Church teachings and overwhelmingly voted against abortion and divorce," according to the Associated Press.
Many marriage equality advocates and supporters called the historic vote a "tidal wave" that will likely set the pace for what's to come.