Ireland Said YES to Marriage Equality; One Year Later.

Barbara Soares

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This May will mark a year since Ireland’s historic victory on the  marriage equality referendum. The Emerald Isle became the  first nation to recognize marriage equality by a popular vote – not by a court decision or legislative measure as other countries.

While we don’t know yet about many celebrations for the anniversary of that emotional moment, check out my radio documentary “All is Fair in Love and Marriage”; which covers Alan & Sergio’s wedding and people’s opinion about the referendum which took place in May 2015.

This is likely to be the best day of their lives, today is their wedding day!

Friends and family from both sides get together to celebrate the union between two people that love each other; and decided to celebrate the decision of being together for the rest of their lives.

The wedding march starts, the guests stand up. The groom comes with his mother, following by another groom accompanied by his mother too. There is no bride. It is a gay wedding! And now, they are fully equal in the society’s eyes.

Alan & Segio Wedding - Photographer: BB Soares
Alan & Segio Wedding – Photographer: BB Soares

The official result was declared at Dublin Castle in the evening of May 23rd. The choose to love and live differently than others won. A total of 1,201,607 people (62.1%) voted Yes and 734,300 (37.9%) voted No. In the 22nd and 23rd of May, Ireland showed to the World that they believe every love story is equal.

“Together the people of Ireland have struck a massive blow against discrimination.” Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Many thanks to Alan Smith, Sergio Junior, Jack Moriarty, Emma Tully, Sarah Coghlan, Jacqueline Hickey and Zoe O’Neill.

The radio documentary presenter is Sean Regan, which for four and a half years had presented the daily magazine show Elev8 for RTE Television, Ireland’s national broadcaster.

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Barbara Soares