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Here’s What Irish Celebrities Have to Say About the Marriage Referendum

Here's What Irish Celebrities Have to Say About the Marriage Referendum

Today, an estimated 3 million people will vote either “yes” or “no” to alter their country’s constitution which bans same-sex marriage. If the majority vote “yes,” which early surveys seem to be suggesting as the likely outcome, it will be the first time in history marriage equality has been granted by way of national referendum as opposed to legislation and courts. A victory would reflect a massive step forward in Ireland, whose foundations are built on Roman Catholicism and first decriminalized homosexuality just over 20 years ago in 1993.

As the Irish make their way to polling stations, which close at 10pm today, let’s take a look at what some notable citizens had to say in support of this potentially historic vote:
Niall Horan of boy gang 1D:
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Saoirse Ronan, star of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and upcoming “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” who recently spoke out at a Yes Equality campaign event in Dublin:

Bono, of Christian rock group U2:
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“Marriage is now an idea that transcends religion… It is owned by the people. They can decide. It is not a religious institution.”

And Hozier, the singer-songwriter famous for last year’s self-titled album and chart-topping single “Take Me to Church,” filmed this video for LGBT rights organization Straight Up For Equality:

The results of the referendum may not be announced until Saturday. 

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