Ireland cheers as same-sex marriage race wins.

Ireland became the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of
the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.

With the final ballots counted, the vote was 62 percent in favor of
legalizing same-sex marriage, and 38 percent opposed.

The turnout was large — more than 60 percent of the 3.2 million eligible voters cast ballots, and only one district out of 43 voted the measure down.

Celebrations broke out
among the crowd of supporters who had gathered in the courtyard of Dublin Castle when Returning
Officer Riona Ni Fhlanghaile
announced around 7 p.m. that the
ballot had passed, 1,201,607 votes
to 734,300.
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