Ireland legalizes gay marriage in landslide vote

Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

Ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, by a margin of around two-to-one, just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality.

With over a third of the results in, all 17 of the 43 voting areas to declare had backed gay marriage. (AP)

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