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1. Ireland votes ‘yes’ in favour of gay marriage.
Ireland has voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in an historic referendum, making the largely Catholic country the world’s first to make the change after a popular vote.
With ballots in 40 out of 43 constituencies counted, official figures showed the “Yes” vote was ahead with 62.3 per cent, and public broadcaster RTE said the result from the ongoing count was now certain.
Hundreds of “Yes” supporters gathered in the grounds of Dublin Castle and cheered and waved rainbow flags as the results came through.
“It’s an amazing day to be Irish,” Rory O’Neill, also known as Ireland’s foremost drag queen Panti Bliss and a leading “Yes” campaigner, said as she arrived at the party wearing a figure-hugging dress and high heels.
Outside the main counting centre in Dublin, Grainne O’Grady, 44, and Pauline Tracey, 53, said the plan was to “celebrate, celebrate, celebrate”.