Dublin: In the first instance of a country legalizing gay marriage via popular vote, Ireland commenced voting on Friday to decide whether same sex marriage or gay marriage be allowed or not. The referendum is on whether to amend the constitution to recognize that marriage can lawfully take place in Ireland between two people “without distinction as to their sex.”
Opinion polls suggest the amendment will pass, although campaigners say it could be a close finish.
The change would confer on same-sex couples who choose to marry the same constitutional status as traditional couples. Same-sex couples can enter civil partnerships already in Ireland, but advocates say such unions lack the full range of rights and protection afforded to married couples.