Attitudes in Ireland towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people are regarded as among the most liberal in the world. The New York Times declared that the result put Ireland at the "vanguard of social change". Homosexuality was decriminalised in , and most forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation are now outlawed. Ireland also forbids incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.
Ireland becomes first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote
Ireland becomes first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote | World news | The Guardian
Although Northern Island is a constituent of the United Kingdom, with its own parliament at Stormont, the change in its marriage laws ultimately came about due to action by the UK Parliament in London. Northern Ireland is the 18th European jurisdiction to legalize gay marriage. This number counts England and Wales together and Scotland and Northern Ireland as separate entities, since same-sex marriage became legal in the UK due to the enactment of three different pieces of legislation: first in England and Wales in , then in Scotland the following year, and now in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriage is now legal across the vast majority of Western Europe.
Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage
On May 23, thousands of LGBTQ activists celebrated as Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through referendum. The vote attracted a large turnout, with Support was overwhelming.
By Rachel Savage. Gay and lesbian couples in Northern Ireland will be able to have religious weddings from September, a British government spokeswoman said in an emailed statement, while converting civil partnerships to marriage will be possible by the end of The British parliament voted in July to force Northern Ireland, which had been the only part of the United Kingdom without same-sex marriage since , to change its laws.