Ireland Votes to Become Nineteenth State to Legalise Same-sex Marriage

London, 26 May 2015

On Friday 22 May 2015, Ireland voted 62.1% in favour of legalising same-sex marriage and is set to be the nineteenth country in the world to recognise an equal right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. The Equal Rights Trust strongly welcomes the ends, but issues caution on the means employed.

The majority support for same-sex marriage equality marks a great success for the Irish equal rights movement and, when considering that same-sex sexual conduct was a criminal offence until as late as 1993, Friday’s result also shows how much the country has changed.

However, at this time of celebration for the rights of same-sex couples in Ireland, it is important to be mindful about the best way to advance the equal rights of those in countries which have yet to legalise same-sex marriage.