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Same-sex marriages (SSM), civil unions, etc. in Ireland

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Part 11:
2015-MAY-23: Counting of the marriage
referendum votes continue to show victory
for the "Yes" side is likely. More remarks.

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In this web site, the ocromym LGBT refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender/Transsexual community. The acromym "SSM" refers to
Same-sex Marriage.

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LGBT symbol 2015-MAY-23: More remarks from The Journal as votes continue to be counted:

On The Journal's LiveBlog:

  • Hugh O'Connel posting from Dublin Castle, said:

    "So it’s clear now that the referendum on same-sex marriage is going to pass. Not only that, but it’s going to pass by a very clear margin. We’re not saying landslide, yet, but early indications are that it could go that way.

    What won the referendum? It’s too early for an in-depth analysis but, briefly, the high turnout, the energising of the youth vote and the failure for any of the No arguments to take hold of enough of the population were what won it.

    Politicians will now be asking themselves how they can translate this significant turnout of younger voters into votes for them at the next election." 1

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  • Ireland's Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar blogged:

    "If there are any going to be any constituencies that vote no, it’ll only be a handful. It makes it a really historic day for Ireland. We are the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in the Constitution by a popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light for the rest of the world for liberty and equality.

    “It’s a very proud day to be Irish." 1

  • "Mothers and Fathers Matter," a group promoting a No vote conceded the referendum graciously. They issued a statement saying:

    "We offer our warm congratulations to the Yes campaign on their victory. There are thousands of people who worked hard for them to achieve this result, and they can be justifiably happy with their efforts today.

    Though at times this campaign was unpleasant for people on all sides, nobody who involves themselves in a campaign does so with anything but the good of their country at heart. There is no better way to resolve difference than the way we are using today.

    From our point of view, we have represented a proportion of the population greater than those who support any political party. One in three Irish people in this campaign was not represented by the political establishment, the media, or the institutions of the state.

    We are proud to have found on behalf of those voices when nobody else would.

    Today’s result was achieved by the Government after they issued certain promises about surrogacy, adoption, and a range of other issues. A lot of voters believed those assurances and they must now be kept.

    Once again, we offer our congratulations to the YES side on a hard won victory. This is their day, and they should enjoy it." 1

  • A vote that didn't count, found in a ballot box:

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" 'I vote yes,' Carey, Age 9."

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  • "Wholeduck" posted:

    "The state is showing itself to be more Christian than the Church. Well done Ireland."

  • "Robbie: posted:

    "As a young teenager growing up in Ireland, I’d like to thank everyone who voted yes for me and for my future. I’ve never felt so proud in myself, in who I am, and in my country. Thank you, what a great day."

  • "Eel Knack Mole" posted:

    "It will be a shame if people who claim to be preaching equality and acceptance use this victory just to marginalise another group, the religious, [a] large proportions of whom supported their [Yes] campaign.

    Can’t we all just get along?" 1

By 5:00 PM on the day after the referendum, the Yes vote was running at 62.2%; the No at 37.8%. This is not too far from a ratio of 2 to 1. An impressive 60.4% of registered voters turned out to vote.

In only one Irish constituency, Roscommon-South Leitrim, did the majority voted No. The vote there was very close: 51.4% No to 48.6% Yes.

Dublin South constituency voted 69.6% Yes. The remaining Dublin constituencies voted over 70% Yes. 2

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "As it happened: Early tallies point to a yes, and no campaigners concede. A nation holds its breath," The Journal, 2015-MAY-23, at:
  2. "Same-sex marriage referendum: National Summary Results, RTE News, 2015-MAY-23, at:

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Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2005-MAY-23
Latest update: 2015-MAY-28
Author: B.A. Robinson

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