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Referendum approves legalizing gay marriage

By Agencies in Dublin ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-05-25 07:29:07

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The people of Ireland have backed same-sex marriage in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Roman Catholic country that decriminalized homosexuality only two decades ago.

After one of the largest turnouts for a referendum in the country, 62 percent of voters said "yes", making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

Referendum approves legalizing gay marriage

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