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The strange death of Catholic Ireland

The referendum legalising same-sex marriage capped an astonishing 50-year social revolution

By Gerry Lynch   July 2015

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, left, and drag artist Panti Bliss celebrate a Yes victory in the same-sex marriage referendum in May. © Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

In the referendum held in Ireland on 22nd May, voters chose overwhelmingly—by 62 per cent to 38 per cent—to endorse a proposal to amend the country’s constitution in order that “marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by…

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