Ireland appears to have voted yes: equality minister

File: Those opposing gay marriage in Ireland say that the nuclear family needs to remain the same, but the equality minister believes that most people voted yes, in favour of same-sex marriage during the referendum. Photo: eNCA

DUBLIN - Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a referendum, the country's equality minister said on Saturday shortly after counting began.

"I think it's won. I've seen bellwether boxes open, middle-of-the road areas who wouldn't necessarily be liberal and they are resoundingly voting yes," Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordain told Reuters at the main count centre in Dublin.

Final results are not expected until Saturday afternoon in the poll, which could make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote


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