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Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so by referendum.

In a vote that saw a huge majority of the Catholic country in favour of equal marriage, some 60% of the electorate turned out to vote.

The overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote is a sign that the Republic of Ireland is becoming a more liberal country.

Irish deputy prime minister and Labour leader Joan Burton said: “The people of Ireland have struck a massive blow against discrimination.”

Health minister Leo Varadkar, who this year came out as the country’s first openly gay minister, said the campaign had been “almost like a social revolution”.

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