Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny welcomed passage of a referendum on same-sex marriage.

All of Ireland's major political parties had called on voters to vote “yes” on the constitutional question.

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“With today's vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people,” Kenny told reporters. “Yes to inclusion. Yes to generosity. Yes to love. Yes to equal marriage.”

Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton, who appeared beside Kenny, declared the outcome “a magical, moving moment, when the world's beating heart is in Ireland.”

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Fianna Fail party leader Michael Martin, whose party is strongly tied to the Roman Catholic Church, which called on followers to vote against the referendum, said that it was “simply wrong in the 21st century to oppress people because of their sexuality.”