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dateline: 26 May 2015

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Ireland Votes ‘Yes’ to Same-Sex Marriage

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • referendum: a vote where the public can share an opinion about a specific issue or question
  • constitution: the agreed upon laws and principles of a specific nation or state
  • eligible: allowed
  • campaign: an organized effort to achieve a political or social goal
  • bill: a proposed law
  • civil ceremony: a marriage ceremony performed by a government or civic official rather than a religious leader

Ireland Votes ‘Yes’ to Same-Sex Marriage

A referendum was held in the Republic of Ireland on the subject of same-sex marriage. Over 62% voted in favour of changing the constitution and same-sex marriage. Ireland will be the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by vote. Over 60% of eligible voters turned out to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to same-sex marriage. While no in Ireland will be required to a same-sex marriage ceremony, parliament expects to pass the same-sex marriage bill for civil ceremonies by next fall.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was Ireland’s referendum about?
  2. What does the report say about voter turnout?
  3. When will same-sex couples in Ireland be able to get legally married?

Discussion Questions: Does it surprise you that so many voters turned out and voted ‘yes’ in a predominantly Catholic nation? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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