Irish Electorate Affirms Equal Marriage for Same-sex Couples

Irish people vote Yes in referendum on marriage equality

Results received at the Central Count Centre for the referendum on the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015.

Turnout 60.52
Yes/Tá 62.07%
No/Níl 37.93%

Latest Summary – national position
Electorate: 3,221,681
Total poll: 1,949,725
Percentage turnout: 60.52%
Invalid ballot papers: 13,818
Valid poll: 1,935,907
Votes in favour: 1,201,607
Votes against: 734,300

Detailed results by constituency are available here.

The exact wording of the referendum question is explained fully here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 23 May 2015 at 11:06pm BST


Thanks to Simon Sarmiento of ‘Thinking Anglicans’ for this breakdown on voting in the Irish Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage.

Both the Church of Ireland (Anglican) and the Roman Catholic Churches continue to insist that their respective understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage – able to be solemnised in church – will remain available to two people of the opposite gender only.

However, both Churches are asking their members to behave charitably towards those same-sex marriages that have now been overwhelmingly approved of by the Irish referendum.

Here is the official Church of Ireland statement, to that effect:

“We now sincerely urge a spirit of public generosity, both from those for whom the result of the referendum represents triumph, and from those for whom it signifies disaster.”

However, the C. of I.’s stance on heterosexual marriage, as the only form of marriage to be celebrated in its churches, is enunciated clearly in this statement:

“The church has often existed, in history, with different views from those adopted by the state, and has sought to live with both conviction and good relationships with the civil authorities and communities in which it is set. Marriage services taking place in a Church of Ireland church, or conducted by a minister of the Church of Ireland may – in compliance with church teaching, liturgy and canon law – continue to celebrate only marriage between a man and a woman.”

One wonders what might happen to the Church’s attitude, on the ground and in the local parish, to a couple in the congregation who be disposed to avail themselves of the legal access to Civil Marriage? It would seem, from the overwhelming public YES vote, that most Church people may, in fact, not treat them any differently from any other loving, faithful, marriage-related couple in the Church.

(I find it most interesting that the Republic of Ireland, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, should be the first in the world to affirm Same-Sex Marriage for its citizens!)

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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