Gay marriage bill signed into law in Ireland

first_imgRelated posts:US Supreme Court makes gay marriage legal in all 50 states More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag Ireland could become first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote Kennedy emerges as judicial champion of gay rights DUBLIN, Ireland – Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland on Thursday, five months aftera historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world’s first country to vote for gay unions.In a brief statement, the president’s office said, “The Presidential Commission today signed the ‘Marriage Bill 2015’ into law,” paving the way for the first weddings within a month.Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favor of allowing marriage between two people “without distinction as to their sex” in May, the first time anywhere that gay marriage has been legalized in a referendum.Legal challenges to the result in favor of gay marriage had briefly delayed the legislation from coming into effect.Senator Katherine Zappone, who had long campaigned for her Canadian marriage to her wife to be recognized in Ireland, called it “a defining moment.”“It is a deeply emotional moment for those of us who have campaigned for so long,” Zappone said in a statement. “This victory truly belongs to the nation, it is a moment for us all.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more