Same-sex marriage advocates take to the streets of Dublin waving gay pride flag after Prime Minister Kenny said Ireland's 'yes' to gay marriage is heard around the world. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ireland "made history" when its citizens backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum, said Prime Minister Edna Kenny on Saturday (May 23). After one of the largest turnouts in a referendum in Ireland, 62 percent of voters said 'Yes', making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote. "Today Ireland made history, the first country in the world to vote for equal marriage. I welcome that, and I think to all of those who voted yesterday. For many of you, this was your first engagement in the political process, and I would urge you to continue your participation and your interest, because your country needs that participation in our democratic process," Kenny told a news conference. "With today's vote, we have disclosed who we are -- a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people. Yes to inclusion, yes to generosity, yes to love, yes to equal marriage," he said. 'Yes' supporters crowded into the courtyard of Dublin Castle to watch in blistering sunshine as results trickled in from around the country were shown on a large screen. They cheered with joy as the final tally was announced and then burst into a rendition of the national anthem. Government ministers waved a rainbow flag from the stage in front of the crowd and one lesbian senator proposed to her partner live on national television. "That 'Yes' is heard loudly across the living world as the song of pioneering leadership from our people, hopefully it'll also be a song across the generations of gay men and women born as we say, before our time, who took their secrets with them when they moved on," said Kenny. The Catholic Church, which teaches that homosexual activity is a sin, saw its dominance of Irish politics collapse after a series of child sex abuse scandals in the early 1990s and limited its 'No' campaigning to sermons. Ireland follows several Western European countries including Britain, France and Spain in allowing gay marriage, which is also legal in South Africa, Brazil, Canada and some U.S. states, while homosexuality remains taboo and often illegal in many parts of Africa and Asia.