Ireland Says ‘YES’!
In Ireland, on May 22nd 2015, there was a referendum held on a proposal to include the following words in the Irish Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.’ 62.4% of the turnout voted in favour of the amendment and so Ireland became the first country in the world to bring in same-sex marriage by way of public vote.
It was a hard-fought and emotional campaign on both sides but it became clear early on May 23rd that the Yes side had carried the day. The courtyard of Dublin Castle, where the final result of the referendum would be announced, was opened to the public and so armed with my camera I made my way to join the gathering crowds. It was an emotional occasion which I am glad I experienced first-hand. Here are some of the shots I took on an historic day in Ireland.