Official: Ireland votes Yes for same-sex marriage

Panti Bliss celebrates Yes vote in same sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle
Panti Bliss celebrates Yes vote in same sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle

The official numbers are in and Ireland has voted to allow same-sex couples to get married.

Irish voters  shook the world and sparked an outpouring of joy by saying a historic ‘YES’ to gay marriage.

The massive ‘Yes’ vote was hailed across the globe last night as Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same sex marriage by a vote of the people.

Out of 1.9 million voters, 1,201,607 voted yes, with 734,300 against - a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent in favour.

And it sparked the mother and father of all parties for yes campaigners when the declaration came through at Dublin Castle yesterday evening shortly after 5 o’clock.

A clearly moved Health Minister Leo Varadkar who came out as the country’s first gay cabinet Minister ahead of the campaign said Ireland was now a “beacon for the rest of the world.”

With a turnout approaching 70 per cent in Dublin and well above average in the rest of the country, there is no doubt that the Marriage referendum was a powerful issue for the Irish public.

While all the polls, and the bookies, had predicted a Yes win, the result was crystal clear almost as soon as the boxes opened at 9am this morning.

The first offical result came in at 1.15pm when Dublin North West came in with a 70.36 in favour of Yes.

One by one the rest followed suit and when the final declaration came, the overall result for the country was x in favour of amending the constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

In the other referendum the electorate said no to reducing the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21.