Joyous scenes and ceremonies recalled five years after Ireland voted yes to marriage equality

Joyous scenes and ceremonies recalled five years after Ireland voted yes to marriage equality
By Denise O’Donoghue

Today marks five years since the public voted in favour of same-sex marriage in the marriage equality referendum, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote.

It was passed with 62% support from the public.

In total, 3,210 same-sex weddings have taken place since the marriage equality referendum.

Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly, who celebrated the first civil marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple in Ireland in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly
Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly, who celebrated the first civil marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple in Ireland in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly

Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling were the first couple to get married following the referendum.

"Well we had always been planning to be married of course since 2003 since we were together," Cormac said.

"We had been campaigning for marriage equality. It was luck more than anything that got us to be down in Tipperary on the day that it actually happened rather than by design."

Tourism Ireland also unveiled a new film featuring voices from Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community to celebrate the anniversary.

"Our latest online film is highlighting the fact that, five years ago today, Ireland made history and voted to legalise same-sex marriage," said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

"While we may not be able to travel just now, this film will inspire people for their future visit – reminding viewers of our wonderful culture, stunning scenery and the sense of pride that makes Ireland such a special place to visit."

Today, #MarRefMemories is the top trend on Twitter in Ireland as people recall their days of campaigning for a yes vote, the day of the referendum itself, the iconic celebrations which followed, and the weddings which took place since and those which will take place in the future.

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