Ireland voters are set to flood voting precincts on Friday to decide if same-sex marriages should be legalized in the country.
No less than Prime Minister Enda Kenny has been urging his fellow Irish nationals to affix their yes or approval to support the legalization of gay marriage amid a highly Roman Catholic background. Albeit a devout Catholic, Kenny said the voters’ approval of same-sex marriage will become a milestone in Ireland’s history. “The ‘yes’ will obliterate, publicly, the remaining barriers of prejudice or the irrational fear of the ‘them’ and ‘us’ in this regard,” he said.
Mr Kenny, on his official Twitter account, revealed he had been a staunch oppositionist of gay marriages. But that was before. “It’s time to say ‘yes.’”
Like many of my generation, I had my own personal journey to believing in & campaigning for equal marriage. It's time to say 'Yes'. #MarRef
— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) April 27, 2015
Irish voters will be asked f they approve with this statement: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” If the “yes” votes win, Ireland will become the first country nation to be recognized as casting a popular vote for gay marriage. Worldwide, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 countries, mostly in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
Over 3 million voters are expected to cast ballots in Ireland’s 43 constituencies. BBC reports the referendum is held 22 years after Ireland decriminalized homosexuality.
The polls opened at 7 a.m. (0600GMT) and will close at 10 p.m. (2100GMT). Results are expected to be declared on Saturday.