Tuesday November 24, 2020

Marriage referendum: The end of a long road

The first seeds of the referendum on same-sex marriage were sown a decade ago and brought to fruition through a long and carefully executed campaign. Pat Leahy and Michael Brennan on the inside story of how it happened

29th May, 2015
Simon McGough from Mullingar (right) with his fiancé of six years, Kevin Carberry, from Ashbourne, Co Meath, outside the polling station in St Finbarr’s School in Cabra, Dublin, after casting their votes Maxpix/Julien Behal

It was clear from the early tallies yesterday, as Yes votes avalanched the ballot boxes the length and breadth of Ireland. Really, it was clear from Friday when queues of young people – almost all Yes voters, the polls said, and their badges affirmed – at polling stations pushed turnout into the stratosphere for a referendum.

Perhaps, despite the fear of “silent” No voters who haunted the hopes of the Yes campaign, it was clear...

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