A year after Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, the country celebrated its momentous first anniversary of marriage equality over the weekend.
64% voted in favor of same sex marriage in last year’s referendum.
— Áine McMahon (@AineMcMahon) May 23, 2016
Yes campaigner Rory O’Neill / Panti Bliss said the public vote has changed Ireland more than had been anticipated. “I think,” said O’Neill, “because we did it by referendum it is a much more powerful way of doing it and I think that immediately after the referendum the gay community here felt much more secure in their place in Irish society.”
This day last year was one of such tears and joy. I felt so proud of my country and so happy to be me. At last. #marrefmemories
— Barry Brett-McStay (@bazmcstay) May 23, 2016
There have been 412 same-sex couples married in Ireland since the passing of the referendum on May 23 last.
Even the hardest of hearts will be torn by the thousands of #marrefmemories posted on Twitter.
— Dr Sabina Brennan (@Sabina_Brennan) May 23, 2016
— Union of Students in Ireland (@TheUSI) May 23, 2016
Attempts to hijack the hashtag – notably by gay man No campaigner Keith Mills and Paddy Manning – were mostly ignored.
— Keith Mills (@KeithMillsD7) May 22, 2016
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State broadcaster RTE will tonight premiere documentary The Story of Yes. Watch a trailer below.
— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) May 22, 2016