The final results are in, and as predicted there was an Yes vote in the Marriage equality referendum in Ireland today.
For me the surprising thing was the scale of the of the victory. In parts of Dublin, 3 to 1 in favour, in Cork 2 to 1 in favour. A majority in 42 or 43 constituencies voted in favour and in Roscommon-South Leitrim the margin of defeat for the Yes was just 2%
It was not just the young or the LGBT community voting in favour, but people from every part of the community voted in favour of equality.
Urban and Rural, Young and Old, Gay and Straight were united in choosing to vote for equality.
Nearly 2m people voted and over 1.2m decided to stand on the right side of history. They choose not to listen to the Magisterium, the evangelical Americans funding the no campaign or the voices of conservatism and fear that warned of the breakdown of the family. Instead they listened to the message of love and acceptance.
All of this brought a little tear to my eye. It made be proud of the country in which I now live.