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No laggard, Ireland actually a pioneer for same sex marriage

Dec 06. 2018
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During business trips to Thailand, I find your newspaper provides a welcome insight for an English-speaker into news and developments in your extraordinary country.

Your edition of November 24-25 carried a front-page article about the likely legalisation of same-sex marriages in Thailand in the near future. The article was accompanied by a map of the world, showing countries which have already made these unions legal.

The map, unfortunately, had a significant error: Ireland was depicted as the only country in Western Europe where this – supposedly – has yet to happen.

Please allow me to set the record straight! 

In fact, same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland has been legal since November 2015, when Ireland voted by a huge majority (62 per cent) to legalise such unions. 

This made Ireland the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. 

Andy Dawson

Tipperary, Ireland


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