Gay Marriage


Irish gay marriage vote 'defeat for humanity', Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY - The Irish vote to allow same-sex marriage was a "defeat for humanity", a senior Vatican official has said in the first high-level reaction from the Holy See to last week's landmark referendum.


Ireland says gay marriage good for business

DUBLIN - Gay marriage can help attract foreign investment, the Irish government said on Thursday ahead of a referendum on the issue that has been publicly backed by global technology giants including Google , Ebay and Twitter .

21 May 2015

Irish abroad mobilize to return home for gay marriage vote

DUBLIN - Thousands of kilometers from home, Dubliner Mark Govern watched on in Sydney as Ireland's referendum on gay marriage dominated discussion. Three weeks ago, he made a big decision.

20 May 2015

Gay marriage vote marks a quiet revolution in Ireland

DUBLIN - Ireland, the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality, now looks set only two decades later to become the first in the world to approve same-sex marriage in a national referendum.

19 May 2015

Belfast bakery discriminated by refusing gay cake order, court rules

BELFAST - A Northern Ireland bakery owned by devout Christians who refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan was found guilty of discrimination in Belfast on Tuesday and fined.

19 May 2015

Chastened Church leaders take back seat in Irish gay marriage vote

DUBLIN - Its word was once law in Ireland on everything from contraception to divorce. Now, shorn of much of its influence, the Catholic Church has limited campaigning on Friday's gay marriage referendum to sermons to its remaining flock.

18 May 2015