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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# ssmref

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# It's Official
The Marriage Bill 2015 allowing for same-sex marriage has been signed into law
Same-sex weddings are expected to begin from next month.
# becoming law
Ireland says 'I do': The Marriage Equality Bill will be published tomorrow
The government approved the legislation today.
# opening the gates
Members of the public WILL be allowed into Dublin Castle for the vote today
Results from both of yesterday’s referendums will be announced from the location.
# Referendums
Polls closed: Here's a snapshot of the turnout across the country
An awful lot of you turned out to vote.
# ssmref
Pics: Ireland voted like it has never voted before
Here are some of the best scenes.
# Diaspora
These are the stories of four people who came #HomeToVote
This was their journey.
AS IT HAPPENED
Ireland is the talk of the world as voters decide on same-sex marriage
We’ll be talking all things referendum here today.
# hatemail
'Sorry to hear about your cancer, but maybe it's the will of God'
Journalist Una Mullally has received an outpouring of support after tweeting homophobic hatemail.
# Conscience
Bishop: 'I would hate if people voted No for bigoted, nasty, bullying reasons'
Donal McKeown is calling for churchgoers to make up their own mind on what way to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.
# Yes or No
Louis Walsh joins the Irish celebs backing a Yes vote
How are other well-known Irish names voting in the referendum? We take a look.
# Just for Laughs
Someone has finally made a properly funny video about the same-sex marriage referendum
Fun for your Friday.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
A little girl egged at a No campaign event, the death of Derek Davis and a train crash in Philadelphia had people talking today.
# No
Catholic leaders are out in force arguing against same-sex marriage
One bishop believes schoolbooks that view marriage as solely between a man and a woman could face legal challenges if the vote is passed.
# Diaspora
Irish abroad are calling for you to use your vote at home
They won’t be able to vote in elections and referendums here any time soon.
# the cosmo
Broadcaster quits LGBT radio show over RTÉ demands for balance
Scott De Buitléir said he thought avoiding the issue of the upcoming referendum “made a mockery” of his show.
# marref
Miss last night's Prime Time debate? Here's what people are talking about
“Equal does not mean the same.”
# where is the love?
'You are a real fa***t': TV presenter Brendan Courtney receives homophobic hate mail
Courtney said the postcard is a good example of the “bigotry that still exists in our culture”.
# loafers
The oldest gay bar in Ireland is closing
Loafers will close after more than 30 years in business.
# CONSEQUENCES
John Waters: Same-sex marriage is not a free gift to give to the gay community
Waters said he envisages situations where a gay step parent could be given a superior status to a biological parent.
# the trip
We went to the most Catholic county in Ireland to ask about same-sex marriage
Outside of the urban centres, how is the debate shaping up? We spent a day finding out.
# Down with that sort of thing
Here's what's in the defaced poster dossier the No campaign are handing to gardaí
Spokesperson Tom Finnegan said these incidents have been hurting the No campaign financially.
# policing
'It is appalling that the GRA has come out in favour of a Yes vote'
Nuala O’Loan, former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, said she isn’t keen on the GRA’s position.
The same-sex marriage mural has been damaged by the weather
The mural on Dublin’s George’s Street has been affected by the changeable weather over the past few days.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Labour’s support for same sex marriage, the death of a rally driver and the devastation in Nepal all had people talking.
# gloves are off
"The No side seem fixated on the notion of the ‘ideal family’ – whatever that means"
The Tánaiste accused the ‘no’ side of using fear tactics. Meanwhile, David Quinn has said ‘Marriage Equality’ is a “misnomer”.
# Referendum
Poll on same sex marriage shows slight drop in support for 'Yes' vote
Though 78% of people believe same sex marriage is a matter of fairness and equality.
# ssmref
No group says presence of gardaí at a Yes event has 'fractured' its neutrality
Gardaí say their presence at the photocall ‘wasn’t appropriate’.
# Marriage equality
16 Irish celebrities who have pledged their support for same-sex marriage
Well-known Irish people have not been shy about getting involved.
# ramping up
Irish people have already donated €80,000 to the No campaign
Organisers said donations have all been from inside the country and from individuals.
# family matters
No campaign says 'Yes' victory could see babies left 'deliberately motherless'
The No campaign for the same-sex marriage referendum was officially launched today and their message was crystal clear – it IS about children.
# Voting
Islamic Centre issues advice to Irish Muslims on same-sex marriage referendum
Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, said Muslims must believe in equality and inclusiveness.
# ssmref
This is what the Youth Defence website looks like today
It displays a message that reads “Vote Yes”.
# red herring
'Not a chance' schools will lose funding if they don't support same-sex marriage
It has been dismissed as a ‘red herring’.
# ssmref
Referendum threat could mean 4,000 fewer priests to sign off on marriages
Catholic priests are threatening to stop acting as solemnisers.
# on the list
Have you registered to vote in the marriage referendum? This handsome hipster clearly hasn't
Make your voice heard.
# Your Say
Poll: How will you vote in the same-sex marriage referendum?
Or will you vote at all?
Irish brides and grooms are older than they've ever been
The average age is now 33 for a bride and 35 for a groom.
# pcgonemad
Senator Fidelma Healy Eames is trending again, this time about Mother's Day
She thinks that ‘political correctness has gone mad’.
Voices
I was called a child abuser for conceiving through IVF - and it hasn't ended there
Dil Wickremasinghe outlines the attacks she has suffered on social media relating to her pregnancy – and the social stigma they illustrate.
# Referendum
Bishop 'regrets any hurt caused' by saying gay couples with children are not parents
Meanwhile, a rewording of the question in Irish being put to the public the same-sex marriage referendum has been announced.