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Two gay couples marry every day thanks to referendum vote

Two gay couples are getting married every day in Ireland since it was legalised last year.

The country became the first in the world to vote for same-sex marriages in a referendum last May.

The historic law was enacted on November 16.

Between then and the end of the year 91 gay couples tied the knot in a civil marriage ceremony, latest official figures from Dublin’s Central Statistics Office reveal.

Some 47 of those were male couples and 44 were female. The figure translates into an average rate of two gay weddings a day.

It does not include same-sex couples who were already married abroad and who automatically had their unions recognised in Ireland on the enactment of the Marriage Act 2015.

Gay rights campaigners said the same-sex weddings were a tribute to the Irish people.

“These weddings are a testament to the loving relationships of LGBT people and to the dedication, commitment and courage of all those who campaigned for equality,” said Kieran Rose of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.

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“They are a tribute to the generosity of the Irish people in giving full equality to their lesbian or gay family members, friends and neighbours.”

Mr Rose said he was looking forward to seeing “many, many more lesbian and gay couples being married in the coming months and years.”


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