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This couple was “humiliated” and asked to leave a Dublin diner — for holding hands

Friday, October 30, 2015
A couple was allegedly asked to leave a restaurant for holding hands and looking lovingly into each other's eyes.
The incident, which occurred on their anniversary, has destroyed their perception of Ireland as a tolerant place. ...

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Same-sex marriage bill signed into law in Ireland

Friday, October 30, 2015
Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favour 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.
It's been five months since a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world's first country to vote for gay unions. ...

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Biden: Ireland recognizes fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect

Friday, May 29, 2015
Joe Biden
Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. ...

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Merkel spokesman: Same-sex marriage ‘not a goal’ of Germany’s government

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has agreed to make small changes to same-sex civil partnership rules but staunch opposition from conservatives means Germany will not follow Ireland in allowing same-sex marriages any time soon. ...

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Australian political party revives same-sex marriage debate following Ireland vote

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian who opposes same-sex marriage, would not say Wednesday whether government lawmakers would be allowed a free vote. ...

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Vatican: Ireland same-sex marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Pope Francis
The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage. ...

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What does Ireland’s vote say about the U.S. debate on same‑sex marriage?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Rory O'Neill, known by the Drag persona Panti Bliss, celebrates with yes supporters at Dublin Castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. ...

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Catholic Church ponders future after same-sex marriage vote in Ireland

Monday, May 25, 2015
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton celebrate at Dublin castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015.
The morning after Ireland learned it had become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, looked out at the future of the Roman Catholic Church. ...

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A nation reborn: Ireland’s gay community awakens to a whole new world

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Yes supporters celebrate their new found equality on Saturday, May 23, 2015, after Ireland became the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.
Ireland's gay citizens woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn - some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. Ireland's unexpectedly strong 62 percent "yes" to adding same-sex marriage to its conservative 1937 constitution is ...

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Ireland votes resoundingly to legalize same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 23, 2015
A yes supporter waits at Dublin castle for the final result in the referendum in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.
Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize same-sex marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution." ...

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