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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.