Will Ireland Be the First Country Legalize Same-Sex Marriage by Popular Vote?


Today, Ireland may make history by becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage via popular vote. Considering the long-standing influence of the Catholic Church on Irish life and politics and the church’s continuing opposition to same-sex marriage, the referendum has a surprisingly high level of support: New polls suggest that voters support the measure, as do all four of Ireland’s major political parties. Last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Ireland’s equivalent to a prime minister) took to television to urge voters to approve the measure.

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