'Yes' Side Joyous as Count Starts in Irish Gay-Marriage Vote

Irish political observers from both sides said the first ballot boxes to be opened Saturday pointed to a strong victory for legalizing gay marriage, as the nation began counting results from a national referendum.
A government minister, Kevin Humphrey, said "yes" votes represented more than 75 percent cast in his Dublin South East district and forecasting a landslide victory for the "yes" campaign when official results were announced later Saturday.
Fianna Fail party leader Michael Martin, whose party is traditionally closest to the Catholic Church but like all other parties campaigned to legalize gay marriage, said it "looks like an emphatic win for the yes side."