History is made in Ireland, and marriage equality is the vote of the majority


Irish artist Jess Tobin painted this mural on South Richmond Street in Dublin to promote support for votes in support of same-sex marriage in Ireland. Image: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

With this vote, Ireland becomes the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular ballot — something that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago in this strongly Catholic country where homosexual activity was decriminalized as late as 1993.

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Ireland makes all couples wait three months before marriage, gay or straight. So it will be late summer/fall for any Irish same-sex weddings.

Ireland passed civil partnership legislation in 2010.