Same-sex marriages (SSM), civil unions, etc.
1993 to 2015: Ireland: The successful effort to
to same-sex couples.
2015-MAY-22: Same-sex marriage (SSM) comes to Ireland:
The country of Ireland held a referendum on 2015-MAY-22. The Irish public voted in favor of marriage equality by a significant majority.
- There were 1,201,607 Yes votes (62.1%) in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, compared with 734,300 No votes (37.9%).
- The total turnout was 60.5 per cent of all registered voters. 1 This is an impressive number because about 90% of the Irish adult population have a heterosexual orientation, have no feelings of sexual attraction to members of the same sex, and are thus not directly affected by same-sex marriage.
- Ireland became the 21st country in the world to legalize same sex marriage. 2
- The countries of Northern Ireland and Australia remain the only large predominately English-speaking countries that still restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples. The public in these countries heavily favor allowing same-sex couples to marry and are expected to approve same-sex marriage within the next few years.
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The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
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- Tresha Barrett, "Ireland Votes ‘Yes’ To Legalizing Same Sex Marriage In Historic Referendum," Inquisitr, 2015-MAY-23, at: http://www.inquisitr.com/
- Olivia B. Waxman, "20 Other Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide," Time magazine, 2015-MAY-23, at: http://time.com/
Copyright © 2004 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2004
Latest update: 2015-MAY-24
Author: B.A. Robinson