- Ireland has become the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by referendum with 62 percent in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, and 38 percent opposed.
- The turnout was large as more than 60 percent of the 3.2 million eligible voters cast ballots. All of Ireland's 43 constituencies except one voted in favour of the measure.
- The voter turnout was 60 percent - much higher than in other recent referendums.
- Ireland has made history - the first country in the world to vote for equal marriage
- Cheers broke out among the crowd of supporters who were into the grounds of Dublin Castle hugged, kissed and waved rainbow flags in a festival atmosphere as the result was announced, and parties in the capital's gay bars went on into the night.
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Nineteen countries have approved the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland), while two others have regional or court-directed provisions enabling same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry (Mexico and the United States).
Same sex marriage laws in India :-
- Homosexuality is mostly a taboo subject in Indian civil society and for the government. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code makes sex with persons of the same gender punishable by law. On 2 July 2009, in Naz Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, the Delhi High Court held that provision to be unconstitutional with respect to sex between consenting adults, but the Supreme Court of India overturned that ruling on 11 December 2013, stating that the Court was instead deferring to Indian legislators to provide the sought-after clarity
- Same-sex marriage is not explicitly prohibited under Indian law and at least one couple has had their marriage recognised by the courts. In April 2014 Medha Patkar of the Aam Aadmi Party stated that her party supports the legalisation of same-sex marria