Ireland votes YES

With the counting not yet over in the Republic of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum it looks like a big win for equality.

The Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tweeted this morning: “I’m calling it. Key boxes opened. It’s a yes. And a landslide across Dublin. And I’m so proud to be Irish today.”

Turnout is above 50% across the 3.2 million eligible voters.  Some news sources are suggesting a 2-to-1 margin of victory, and bookies started paying out on “yes” bets by 11am – long before the final declaration.

The final result is expected this afternoon, but “no” campaign group Mothers and Fathers Matter has issued a statement conceding defeat, saying, “we offer our congratulations to the Yes side on a hard won victory. This is their day, and they should enjoy it.”

Edited to add:

With over 60% turnout the vote went 1,201,607 for and 734,300 against. Only one counting area voted against same-sex marriage.