Ireland Backs Legalizing Gay Marriage by a Landslide

Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday's referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying "yes" to changing the nation's constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin Castle, watching the results announcement in the castle's cobblestoned courtyard, thousands of gay rights activists cheered, hugged and cried at the news. Prime Minister Enda Kenny proclaimed, "With today's vote we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people."