"Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the historical Roman Catholic stronghold is ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.
From The New York Times:
Both proponents and opponents said the only remaining question was the size of the victory for approval. Ronan Mullen, an Irish senator and one of only a few politicians to oppose the measure, predicted the win would be “substantial.” The official results will be announced this afternoon.
The referendum changes Ireland’s Constitution so that marriages between two people would be legal “without distinction as to their sex.”
That the vote even came to pass barely two decades after Ireland decriminalized homosexuality, accentuated the cultural change afoot and the church’s declining influence after a series of scandals.."