Ireland votes for gay marriage

A referendum to legalize same-sex marriage easily passed in Ireland:

Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying ‘‘yes’’ to changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin Castle, watching the results announcement in the castle’s cobblestoned courtyard, thousands of gay rights activists cheered, hugged and cried at the news.

Ireland is the first country to approve gay marriage in a popular national vote. Nineteen other countries have legalized the practice.

In the US, 60% now support same-sex marriage:

Support for the legality of gay marriages in the U.S. has been a fast-changing trend. Just two decades ago, only 27% of Americans backed gay marriage, while 68% opposed. By 2005, the percentage in favor had increased by 10 points to 37%, and by 2010 it had reached 44%.

The breakdown is: 76% of Democrats, 64% of Independents, and 37% of Republicans support same-sex marriage–even Republicans are moving quickly, as recently as 2008 only 17% were in support.

This is now mostly settled in much of the Western world and the trend is quickly going in the right direction.

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