412 same-sex couples in Ireland married since referendum

DUBLIN — There have been 412 same-sex couples married in Ireland since the marriage equality referendum almost one year ago, according to official figures on Friday.

The figures from the Department of Social Protection showed that Dublin accounted for over half of all marriages, with 213 registered since the Marriage Act 2015 was signed into law last November.

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar welcomed these figures, saying that the marriage equality referendum was a historic day for Ireland.

“One year on, it’s really great to see that 412 marriages have now taken place which otherwise would not have happened. It’s a timely reminder of that momentous vote on that momentous day,” he said.

In late May last year, Ireland officially passed the same-sex marriage referendum with 1.2 million people voting in its favor. The Yes vote prevailed by 62 to 38 percent with a large 60.5 percent turnout. It became the first country in the world to legalize marriage equality by popular vote. PNA/Xinhua/northboundasia.com