In the world’s first national vote on the issue, Ireland has elected to legalize same-sex marriage. Though votes were still being tabulated on Saturday, both sides acknowledged the ‘yes’ outcome in a what is a landslide result. The only question Saturday, vote counters said, would be the size of the ‘yes’ side’s margin of victory. “We’re the first country in the world to enshrine gay marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate,” Leo Varadkar told The Associated Press. “That makes us a beacon to the rest of the world of liberty and equality.” Varadkar is a Cabinet minister who revealed he’s gay at the start of the government-led movement to change Ireland constitution, which is heavily based on conservative Catholic values.
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