IRELAND GOES QUEER: Nationwide Vote said Yes to ‘Marriage Equality’

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.12.59 AMIreland is the first nation to ask their citizens what they want on this issue and pass this new law.

On May 23, the luck love of the Irish kicked in when the country likely voted in favor of marriage equality. According to Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who’s watching the counting of the votes, not a single district has voted majority “no.” Varadkar himself is gay.

The official tally will be announced later today, but many people are already celebrating.

While in the US, the legalities of marriage equality are decided by state votes or judges’ rulings, Ireland changed the game by having voters across the nation vote on the issue of marriage equality — and they’re the first country in the world to do so.

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Not only is Ireland bucking international trends when it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage, but the traditionally Catholic country has also come a long way in a matter of years. Just 22 years ago, “homosexual acts” remained a crime in Ireland.

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