World – Ireland says ‘yes’ to gay marriages
Figures suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.
More than 3.2m people were asked whether they wanted to amend the country’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Government ministers have said they believe it will pass, while prominent “no” campaigners have conceded defeat.
A final result is expected late this afternoon.
If the change is approved, the Republic of Ireland would become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, who earlier this year came out as the Republic of Ireland’s first openly gay minister, said the campaign had been “almost like a social revolution”.