Historic day for Wexford as county votes in favour of same sex marriage

By Esther Hayden

Published 23/05/2015 | 16:49

Cllr. Malcolm Byrne and Minister Paul Kehoe afterthe results were announced.
Cllr. Malcolm Byrne and Minister Paul Kehoe afterthe results were announced.

Wexford has voted overwhelmingly in favour of same sex marriage.

The final result was declared by the returning officer minutes after 4pm on Saturday afternoon. A total of 64.450 people voted in the marriage referendum with just 460 spoilt votes giving a total valid poll of 63,990.

40,692 people or 63.6 per cent voted in favour of marriage equality with 23,298 (36.4 per cent) opposing the change to the constitution.

Wexford had a turnout of 57.8 per cent.

After the result was announced chairman of Wexford County Council and member of the Yes Equality campaign Mallcolm Byrne said it was a 'phenomenal result'. He said it is a 'very emotional day but I always believed that the people of Wexford and the Irish people in general, are caring, compassionate and tolerant'.

Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe said it is 'an outstanding result for County Wexford with 63.6 per cent of people voting in favour of changing the constitution. What surprised me was the small number of invalid votes.

'We had a turnout of 57.8 per cent which is quite high for County Wexford.'

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