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Historic Vote Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in a national referendum. Turnout for the vote was 60.5%. Of those who voted, 62.1% chose in favor of changing the country's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.
The vote came 22 years after Ireland decriminalized homosexuality. The referendum's result showed how quickly the historically conservative country has changed. Of the outcome, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said, "With today's vote we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people."