Will Ireland's Marriage Vote Shake Up The Catholic Church?
Ireland is about to hold a referendum on whether same-sex marriage should be legal — and the traditionally Catholic stronghold could buck the Church.By Matt Picht | May 21, 2015
On Friday, the Republic of Ireland will become the first country in the world to hold a public referendum on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
It's also very likely to become the first country in the world to pass a referendum enshrining same-sex marriage rights in the country's constitution. The Yes campaign has enjoyed a healthy lead in the polls ahead of the vote, bolstered by the support of every major political party.
Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny told TV3, "It's the stories of the ordinary people that have brought me on this journey to the point where I'm absolutely happy in my own mind and my conscience."