Ireland Legalizes Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

The vote surprised many as homosexuality was illegal in the Catholic country well into the 1990s.
1:50 | 05/23/15

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cahoots with Wint on the kill killings and why. Cecilia? Thank you. We turn overseas to Ireland. The first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a predominant vote. In a country where two decades it was a crime to be gay. David Wright on that landslide victory and surprising reaction. At Dublin castle Celtic green gave way to the rainbow flag. Supporters of same-sex marriage, celebrating victory. I won't be afraid to hold my boyfriend's hand. The entire country shoot up and shouted out. Same-sex marriage is already legal in 19 countries but never before by a popular vote. This, in conservative catholic Ireland. Bridget and paddy Whyte's son is gay. Their video urging a yes vote went viral. 20 years ago I probably would have voted no. But now that I know gay people and see the love and joy that can bring to life, and I would be voting yes. Reporter: The national debate in Ireland, just as fierce as it is in the states. It's not the natural order for two men or two women to get married and have kids. Reporter: In Dublin overwhelming support. One priest came out in church telling parishioners he's gay. They gave him a standing ovation and a stunning admission from one of Ireland's senior catholic clerics who was urging a no vote. If this is the view of the young people the hunch has a huge task in front of it. Reporter: This is a huge shift for a country homosexual acts were illegal into the 1990s. And Ireland put this into a national vote. In the U.S. It will come down to nine votes in the U.S. Supreme court.

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