Over The Rainbow, Way Up High



Scenes from Dublin Castle, RDS Ballsbridge and Citywest.

Final declaration:

YES: 1,201,607 (62.1%)

NO: 734,300 (37.9%)

Referendum result in detail here

From top: Dublin Castle aeriel view; Leo Vardkar and Simon Coveney at Dublin Castle; Snogging; the castle grounds; Miss Panti; Dublin Castle this morning; the courtyard earlier; slefies in the crowd; Andrew Hyland Director of Communications Yes Equality campaign and Linda Cullen; Moninne Griffith (left) and partner Clodagh Robinson; Partners Michael Barron (left) and Jaime Nanci; Belle Horgan (7 months); ballot counting staff; David Norris all at The RDS Ballsbridge (top) and (above) Leo Varadkar tallies in Citywest.

Pics: Aine Kerr; Katie Hannon and Ciara Ni Bhroin and Emily Dugan and Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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102 thoughts on “Over The Rainbow, Way Up High

    1. Sinabhfuil

      Yes. And maybe it’ll give them the courage to ask the people about repealing the 8th Amendment.

      1. ABM

        I suppose vacuuming equipment + yellow pack doctors is a lot cheaper than having to find foster parents – surrogacy is cheaper, quicker, involves no bureaucracy, and a catalogue kid can be yours for as little as €10,000 on an eazy payment plan (all fully refundable through child benefit, of course). Plus, you get a some nice photos from India for your Facebook and it’s an allowable “medical expense” to boot! What could possibly go wrong?!

        1. ThePeoplesHero

          Hey it was all good and well when the Nuns were stealing babies and sending them over to America…. I’d say for an awful lot more than £10k too in old money….

        2. Nice Anne (Dammit)

          Well those toys bounced when you chucked them from the pram, didn’t they?

      2. Ted

        Sure, we’ll need to repeal the 8th if the surrogate baby doesn’t work out quite like the one pictured in the catalogue.

          1. newsjustin

            It wouldn’t. SSM was passed because, in its simplest terms, and ignoring any constitutional technicalities, it was basically a “love thy neighbour” ask. Abortion, even at its best, is a profoundly different ask. Ireland passed SSM because, not in spite of, it’s ingrained religiousity. An anti-life amendment would fall foul of that.

            Well done to the Yes side, by the way. Good campaign by many. Pat Carey, in particular, should get a beautiful rainbow medal. Won more reluctant Yes votes then anyone.

          2. Don Pidgeoni

            “Ireland passed SSM because, not in spite of, it’s ingrained religiousity”

            Lol right

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            I think people would be ready for cases of rape and abnormalities, especially the latter.

          2. Joe the Lion

            I don’t and it would be too nasty for the victims to have to listen to the likes of John waster banging on about sub species. They should legislate to allow it instead and let those doctors who oppose it opt out on a conscience clause.

          3. Zarathustra

            I agree cub, it should be legislated for because I really don’t think it will be passed any time soon if it’s put to a referendum, unfortunately. While many influential people were vocal about this referendum, legalising abortion – as the right of a woman to choose – is a very divisive issue, and in light of the result today which went against 30-40% [approx.] of the electorate who voted, it could be the catalyst for that minority to unite more staunchly and gather momentum regarding a referendum on abortion. With that said, the eyes of the world are on us today, and it is a good day for Ireland.

  1. andymac

    Poor misguided people. I hope the consequences are not as bad as I imagine in the future.

    1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      I don’t think the outcome will be as bad as letting priests near children.

      1. Andymac

        You say that as if people that voted no are supporters or defenders of priest child molesters. Your hatred for such vile creatures has clouded your judgement and capability of critical thinking on the marriage issue.

        1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

          Most No campaigners focused on children. I am highlighting that the organisation that is concerned about the impact of gay marriage on children has no authourity to speak on that topic. You might say that my mind is poisoned. Let me know when the next pedophile ring the size of the RCC comes along.

    2. Ted

      YES fanatics already talking about the next step for New Ireland – surrogacy.

      And there we were thinking this referendum “isn’t about surrogacy”!

      Thankfully I have a healthy skepticism of happy, smiley, rainbow folks (with very little to say apart from the sloganism they’ve been brainwashed with) who have been showing up at my doorstep the last couple of weeks with stupid entitled looks on their faces. These people also believe in killing babies, wombs-for-hire and are advocates for free love, the destruction of the family and anal pummeling.

        1. Ted

          Eh, no thank you. I value my physical and mental health.

          Hope you have a fab night out tonight.

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            Just the missionary for you then eh? How dull. I will have fab night tonight, thanks!!

  2. St. John Smythe

    Don’t engage with any sore ‘No’ voters posting on here, or elsewhere online.

    Let them have their little gripe … its all they have left.

    Ignore and move on.

  3. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    I am proud to be Irish, I am embarrassed to be an Aussie. Ironically, “conservative Catholic Ireland” (as I heard it called on Australian media) is going to have gay marriage, progressive Australia doesn’t. Australia’s PM was a trainee Catholic priest, so there will no progress while he is stuffing up the country.

    1. Lush

      Yes Clampers, me too.
      Not there and couldn’t vote but very proud of the Irish today.
      Will be partying here in Bordeaux this evening…

    2. Stumpy

      It’s without doubt the best day for Ireland since the late 90’s. Onwards and upwards, folks.

    3. Garthicus

      Yes, I can’t recall such a united feeling of joy and kinship in such a long time. Ole ole ole ole!


    4. Eoghany

      Yes defo clampers. I’m at home with my wife, my 3 year old boy, and my 5 day old girl, and I’m so proud to be irish today. It’s better than a World Cup victory (qualifiers or knockouts, not an outright victory, obvs!!). I wish I could be out celebrating with our lgbt brothers and sistas. Havnt felt proud to be irish in ages, but today changed that.

  4. Mikeyfex

    ^That’s been a disappointing thread so far. The usuals responding to the usuals. Thank fupp the end is soon, for a while.

    Now. Well done Ireland. good buzz about today.

  5. LucyLoo

    Fantastic day :) Agree with Clampers…feeling very giddy and happy. And so proud of our little country with a big heart :)

  6. Serval

    This feels like a massive apology for all the years of psychological trauma and it is hugely welcomed.
    Thank you Ireland.
    I wish I was there for the party.
    Now that we know the majority of people don’t follow the church – maybe we can remove the “ethos” clause so that gay teachers can’t be sacked
    or fix that problem some other way.
    And now we can work on getting right to marry our pets (just kidding).

    1. Bill

      People of Ireland have zero to apologise for and just because someone doesn’t agree with or like the idea of two people of the same sex being with eachother does not mean they have to be a follower of the church.

        1. Sean

          Most of the Irish Catholics I’ve been exposed to are the furthest thing from Christian you could find. Today proves that their influence is thankfully waning. Today has restored my faith in humanity.

          1. St. John Smythe

            dead right. I’ve met a handful of decent Christians in my life, but more Irish Catholic church followers are little more than cultists who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in a very a-la-carte manner to suit their own bigoted, materialistic, and moralistic needs.

      1. Serval

        Bill, you’re psychologically traumatized if you don’t agree with or like the idea of two people of the same sex being with each other.
        This result opens the doors for you to recover gradually.

        1. Bill

          Resort to attacking and name calling someone who’s opinion differs to yours, that must be the equality you’ve been looking for, is it? Hypocrites the lot of you. Gay people have supposedly been discriminated against for years, so now you think it’s your turn to discriminate against people you don’t agrees with or who’s believes you don’t uunderstand.

          1. Joe the Lion

            I don’t understand your illiteracy let alone why you condone the murder of a man.

            As for equality I’m not for that at all. I didn’t even consider myself on the same level as a subhuman troll like yourself.

          2. Don Pidgeoni

            There must be something wing with someone so obsessed with how other people have sex

  7. Steve

    People putting people into categorised boxes. Today was about equality and treating my neighbour the way I would want to be treated myself.

    I vote FG, I go to catholic mass now and then when I look for a bit of solace (doesn’t mean I agree with a lot of what Rome preaches), I got married in a full blown catholic mass which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    And I was delighted to vote Yes yesterday.

    1. Serval

      A lot of gay people think they are an absolute pile of s***e even when you’re off yer tits.
      It’s just a p1sstake though, I guess, in some ways.

    2. Kieran NYC

      It may not be suited to 4pm on telly, but coming from the show there tonight, they’re magnificent. Having lived in a lot of places, they’d put most drag acts to shame.

    1. Zarathustra

      I’m only hypothesising here, Verbatim – although I’m sure other BS commenters will correct me if I’m wrong – but, the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency/area, geographically speaking, is one of the most under-populated areas in Ireland, and I would imagine it has been hit quite hard over the past few years with youth emigration; also, much of the land is not agriculturally viable for arable crops/ livestock [in comparison to most other areas], so farming is small scale which makes earning a living very difficult for anyone with a family. My point is, it was the youth vote which won it for the Yes side today, and I’m glad they finally took an interest in registering, and in using their vote as well. However, the result today was an inter-generational one which was reflected in the record breaking numbers of people who voted, but, if it weren’t for the first-time voters, I don’t think it would’ve passed with such a margin. I just hope the passion for democratically having a vote stays strong, because we’ve all seen referendums in the past where the turnout was as low as <30%.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      The weather…
      ….it was particularly lovely out, earlier today *adjusts stocking* …excuse me, what was I saying, oh yes, the weather, it’s lovely, you should come out….. it’s lovely. And sure, with you out, you never know what might happen *giggles*. I didn’t mean that *adjusts other stocking* to sound like *spits out gum* I was being weird or anything, Well anyway, *flicks back hair, blows smoke in Drogg’s face* night, night big boy, balmy isn’t it *strutts away…. stiletto-stumble-quick-recovery… turns and winks* *shouts* Lovely weather we’re having!

  8. Ppads

    Interesting that there does not appear to have been any rise in homophobic violence during this campaign. This was always a side effect of the introduction of SSM elsewhere. Maybe the fact that this is by popular vote has prevented such attacks? People out on the campaign trail certainly would have helped.

    1. Kieran NYC

      It definitely had an effect on the mental health of quite a few gay people I know. Relief that it’s over!

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