Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the announcement
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Ireland gay marriage: Crowds celebrate 'yes' vote

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.

More than 62% voted in favour of amending the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

There was a festival-like atmosphere outside Dublin Castle as the result was announced and a joyful reaction.

"We're equal finally," said one woman. "It's the most important day of my life so far," added another.

  • 23 May 2015
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