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UN boss Ban hails Ireland’s ‘message to the world’

Ban Ki-moon has hailed Ireland's vote in the referendum as 'historic'
Ban Ki-moon has hailed Ireland's vote in the referendum as 'historic'

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has declared Ireland's overwhelming support for gay marriage is a message to the world.

In Ireland to mark our 60-year membership of the UN and tradition of international peacekeeping, Ban praised Irish voters for making history in the landmark ballot.

"This is a truly historic moment: Ireland has become the first country in the world to approve marriage equality in a nationwide referendum," he said.

"The result sends an important message to the world: All people are entitled to enjoy their human rights no matter who they are or whom they love."

Ban said the landmark move to enshrine gay marriage in the Irish Constitution was a further display of Ireland's standing as a strong proponent of human rights.

"We saw this commitment yet again with Friday's referendum," he said.