Many congratulations to marriage equality advocates in Ireland on their overwhelming victory at the polls! With the approval of over 62% of voters, the country has become the first in the world to approve same-sex marriage through a popular referendum.
Ireland joins a small but growing list of countries to approve equal marriage rights regardless of sex or sexual orientation. These countries include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland*, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia**, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay. Same-sex couple may also marry in some jurisdictions in Mexico and in most states within the U.S.
*Finland’s marriage equality law will take effect in 2017.
**In Slovenia, opponents of a recently approved marriage-equality law have filed a lawsuit seeking to force a referendum on the issue.