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Ireland Looks Back On Saying Yes To Marriage Equality Five Years On

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

6:58 PM - 22 May 2020



It was five years ago today that Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

On May 22nd, 2015, 62% of voters said yes to marriage equality.

Since then, 3,210 same-sex marriages have taken place on these shores.

As the result of the vote was announced at Dublin Castle, a photo of one couple became the symbol of the momentous occasion.

Paul Bonass and his boyfriend Luke kissed under a "Yes" balloon, and the photo quickly spread to all corners of the globe.

Paul said "Within a half-hour, we were getting messages from friends of ours in Sydney saying you're on the news over here. Crazy.

"We're humbled to be part of it and it's changed the lives of so many younger people."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is among those looking back on the day with pride:

This year's Dublin Pride parade will not be going ahead as usual.

In its place a digital event will be held.

It was launched this evening at Dublin Castle:



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