Ireland, one of the most conservative and Catholic countries in the western world, is the first country EVER to vote in favour of same sex marriage.
Following a historic referendum, Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.
The official result for the marriage equality referendum was declared at Dublin Castle shortly before 7pm:
In total, almost two million people voted.
Speaking after the official result was announced, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland had made history today.
“Our people have truly answered Ireland’s call… we have made history.”
Adding: “Those who voted no did so due to genuine held views which should be respected.”
Meanwhile, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin called the Yes result a “reality check” for the Catholic Church in Ireland.
“I think it’s a social revolution. It’s a social revolution that didn’t begin today, it’s a social revolution that’s been going on, and perhaps people in the church have not been clear in their understanding of what that involves,“ he said.
I love how the Archbishop even admits that the church needs to wake up and modernise itself. They’re living in the past.
Being gay is not a sin. A being cannot help being gay, nor shall they be ashamed of it. Being gay is something to be proud of.
Not everyone on this earth should be the same - otherwise it’d be so damn boring. So we have to learn to accept gays. This is the first step.
I think other countries will follow in Ireland’s footsteps. We might be a small and generally moneyless country, but we’ve got a spirit like no other.
Ireland is a free country, it’s accepting and homely. And although the weather can sometimes be atrociously bad, it’s my home and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
So thank you Ireland for making me proud.