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DUBLIN — Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.
With ballots from 34 out of the 43 voting areas counted, the vote was almost two to one in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. All but one of the districts that were counted voted yes, and it appeared to be statistically impossible for opposition votes to overcome the ayes.
Turnout was large — more than 60 percent of the 3.2 million people eligible to vote cast ballots. Government officials, advocates and even those who had argued against the measure said that the outcome was a resounding endorsement of the constitutional amendment.
Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote: Massive turnout as Irish nationals fly home to participate in historic referendum
Friday’s referendum will be the first time that any country has held a national referendum on gay marriage, which the Irish government decided would make it less vulnerable to challenge in the courts by pro-family groups or the church.
For “Yes” campaigners, victory will be hailed as yet another sign that modern, economically dynamic Ireland is throwing off the social shackles that once held it back. Just as Irish people no longer have to go abroad to find work, they say, nor do they now have to emigrate to embrace their sexuality.