62% Said Yes

Jim Burroway

May 23rd, 2015

The official results were announced at Dublin Castle at about 7:00 p.m. IST (2:00 p.m. EDT).  With all 43 constituencies counted, and with a turnout of 60.52% of the eligible electorate, the ayes have it 62% to 38% (1,201,607 to 734,300 in raw vote counts). Only one constituency, Roscommon-South Leitrim, voted against marriage equality, and even there it was fairly close at 48.6% to 51.4%. With this vote, the following text will be added to Article 41 of the Irish Constitution:

Féadfaidh beirt, gan beann ar a ngnéas, conradh pósta a dhéanamh de réir dlí.

Which means,

Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.

The Irish Times describes what happens next:

To give effect to the amendment, the Oireachtas will enact the Marriage Bill 2015, which will state in law for the first time the principle that being of the same sex is no longer an impediment to marriage. Officials in the Department of Justice will begin drafting the legislation next week. A spokesman said the Bill would be prioritised with a view to it being passed by the Oireachtas before the summer recess.

…When the Marriage Bill has been drafted, it will go to Cabinet for a formal sign-off. It will then be enacted by the Oireachtas – probably in July – before practical work is done on changing marriage forms and procedures. Finally, the Minister for Justice will sign a commencement order.

A three-month notice period for civil marriages means that, all going to plan, the first same-sex marriage in Ireland could take place before Christmas.

Civil partnerships will not be automatically upgraded to marriage, but will remain in effect. No new civil partnerships will be issued once the Marriage Act goes into effect.



May 23rd, 2015

The Ireland vote shows more than anything how antediluvian the US is. I doubt a similar referendum in any US state, no matter how supposedly “liberal”, would garner 62% in favor.


May 23rd, 2015

Only the constituency Roscommon-South Leitrim voted no, not Longford-Westmeath.

Jim Burroway

May 23rd, 2015

I grabbed the wrong name off the chart. I’ve fixed the error.


May 23rd, 2015

I’m a ‘factistoid’ person. Thanks for the quick fix.

Eric Payne

May 23rd, 2015

I wonder if there are any SCOTUS justices wanting to change their vote now, before the majority decision is published. They can do that, you know.

Mark F.

May 23rd, 2015

@Jack Gallup says same sex marriage has 60% support in the United States now.


May 23rd, 2015

Éireann abú! Molaim sibh! (Ireland victorious! I commend you[plural]!)


May 23rd, 2015

What a glorious day for the world. Congratulations, Ireland. You are a role model to us all.


May 23rd, 2015

@Eric SCOTUS is answering an entirely different question or set of questions. That’s what the wingnuts can’t understand when they say RBG should recuse herself because she performed ssm ceremonies.

Joseph Singer

May 23rd, 2015

It is great that so many were on the right side, but with that said no one’s rights should ever be voted on by the majority.

Mark F.

May 24th, 2015

“It is great that so many were on the right side, but with that said no one’s rights should ever be voted on by the majority.”

You work with the system you have, not the one you wish you had. In any case, our rights are being voted on by the SCOTUS as we speak.

Eric Payne

May 24th, 2015


I know. SCOTUS is answering two questions: 1) Is there a (federal) Constitutional right for same-sex civil marriage, and if not, 2) Can states legislatively, or through (state) Constitutions, bar two members of the same sex from civil marriage?

Though the questions are different, so are these two: 1) What is the sum of 1 plus 1, and, 2) What is the square root of 4?


May 25th, 2015

Wow! An Irish couple has to know three months in advance when they are going to get married? I wonder what the point of that is. Also, I wonder if there might be given special wavers for same-sex couples, like we saw in some US states with a waiting period. Their laws seem to allow for waivers in the case of serious illness. Still, that is quite a long waiting period.

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