First gay marriages take place in Ireland after landmark vote

By REUTERS
November 17, 2015 16:55

 
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Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly have been together for 12 years, engaged for five, and on Tuesday were finally able to marry when they became the first gay couple to wed in Ireland following a landmark referendum.

Ireland in May became the first country to adopt gay marriage via a popular vote. The backing of the measure by 62 percent of voters signaled a major change in what was once a strongly Catholic and socially conservative society.

After an unsuccessful legal challenge delayed the first weddings, Ireland officially recognized same-sex marriages starting this week, and the couple tied the knot in the southern town of Clonmel early on Tuesday morning.

"We are really delighted to be able to do it. Having a full marriage was important to us so now we can relax and get old together," Dowling, 35, told the Irish Times.

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