MEPs welcome historic YES vote Ireland
Yesterday, the Irish people voted overwhelmingly in favour of equal marriage.
By its yes vote, Ireland has become the 11th EU state to adopt equal marriage.
It also marks the first time that equal marriage has been adopted through a referendum.
In March 2015, the Parliament emphasised in a resolution on human rights and democracy in the world that it considers same-sex marriage or partnerships a “political, social and human and civil rights issue.”
Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, reacted: “This is a celebration of equality, and I congratulate the Irish people and the campaigners of Yes Equality on this wonderful result.”
“Whether gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight: love is love, and that’s what matters.”
Daniele Viotti MEP, Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup, continued: “This referendum was not just about marriage, it was about recognition and respecting diversity in society.”
“I am thrilled to see that Irish people have voted this way: No one should face discrimination for who they are and everyone deserves equal rights.”