Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bishops take stock after Ireland’s gay-marriage landslide

From The Church Times-

SAME-SEX couples are likely to be able to marry in the Irish Republic as soon as the autumn, after the government pledged to fast-track the enabling legislation after last weekend's landslide vote in favour of the measure.

On Saturday, the Republic became the first nation in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Voter turnout, at 60.5 per cent, was among the highest ever in a referendum since the founding of the State, much of it attributed to young people, who travelled from as far away as Thailand, Australia, Africa, and the US to exercise their franchise. Social media is thought to have played a key part in getting out the vote.

All but one of the Republic's 43 constituencies voted strongly in favour of inserting into the Constitution the clause: "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex."

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