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First Country in the world to introduce full marriage equality following a popular vote

Today Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality for all its people, regardless of their sexual orientation, by way of a universal ballot. In the historic ballot the Irish electorate voted by 62.1% to 37.9% to endorse an amendment to the Irish Constitution asserting that “‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

Let’s Make History – Amnesty International urges YES vote in civil marriage equality referendum

In less than 24 hours, Ireland will go to the polls in a referendum that is truly historic, the first time any nation has asked its people to vote ‘Yes’ and end discrimination against LGBTI people in its civil marriage laws. If passed, Ireland will become the first country anywhere in the world to guarantee its people the equal constitutional right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation, following a popular vote.

Good News

Five women rights activists detained after planning events to mark International Women’s Day were released on bail on 13 April. This follows a huge outcry about their detention both in China and internationally, which it is believed played a major role in their release.  


Saudi Arabian women drivers Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysaa al-Amoudi were released on 12 February after spending 10 weeks in detention.

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez, imprisoned after losing her pregnancy in 2007 in El Salvador, has been released from prison. Guadalupe who was 18 years old when she was jailed and sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering a miscarriage. She was accused of having an abortion, which is outlawed in any circumstance in El Salvador.
“Those seven years were very long for me,'' said Guadalupe.

Act Now

Eight Roma familes are at risk of being forcibly evicted from their homes in Eforie, in south-east Romania. 

When Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne dared to speak out about being abducted and tortured, they were imprisoned for “false reporting” of torture. They must be released now.

Mexican police tortured Adrián Vasquez Lagunes for 12 hours; he was threatened, beaten and nearly asphyxiated. He has been in prison since September 2012. All the evidence against him was obtained under torture and on other violations of due process.