Irish Vote on Gay Marriage in Landmark Referendum

The Irish are voting today on whether to allow gay marriage. The referendum comes just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality. Thousands of Irish expatriates made the trip home from Britain and as far away as New York and Sydney to vote. The result may depend on whether younger voters actually turn out to cast their ballots.
Results will be declared on Saturday. Gay marriage is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities. They all hope it will mark a transformation in a country that was long regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe.



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