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Ireland became the first nation in the world to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples by popular vote.
The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill was placed before the Oireachtas, Ireland’s legislature, by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government in January 2015.
Given the “ample case law” that marriage in Ireland was understood as between one man and one woman, this change could not be achieved through an Act of the Oireachtas alone.
All constitutional amendments must be accepted or rejected by a referendum.
The turnout was 60.5%.
There were popular calls on social media to say Irish citizens in other countries should fly “home to vote”.
Some constituencies in Dublin received over 72% of the vote.
The constituency of Roscommon-South Leitrim was alone with opposing the referendum, with 48.5% of cast votes.
The referendum was decided on the basis of all valid ballots, rather than electoral colleges of constituencies.
A referendum to lower the age of eligibility to be Ireland’s president from 35 to 21 was held on the same day, and roundly rejected by the electorate, with ‘No’ achieving 73.1% of the vote.