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The Importance of Ireland’s Popular YES Vote in the Global LGBT Arena

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Why the Irish Vote in favor of marriage equality is so important to Homophobic Countries  and leaders perpetuating lies about LGBTI people

By Melanie Nathan, May 24, 2014.

Irish equality marriageIreland has become the first country in the world to legalize marriage equality by popular vote in a national election. On Friday, May, 22, 2015, Irish voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage.

According to a CNN report, The official results were announced Saturday at a Dublin Castle press conference: 1,201,607 voted in favor of the landmark referendum, while 734,300 voted against it, said Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile, an elections official.

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.11.54 PMAccording to research by the Williams Institute, 4,042 same-sex couples are currently living in Ireland. Irish citizens and people with Irish ancestry live in all parts of the world. In the United States, there are 245,000 same-sex couples with at least one spouse/partner of Irish ancestry. Sixteen percent…

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