Ref­er­en­dum puts end to ‘me­dieval’ blas­phemy ban

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

Cam­paign­ers in Ire­land cel­e­brated the end of a “me­dieval” ban on blas­phemy, after vot­ers over­whelm­ingly backed re­mov­ing the of­fence from the con­sti­tu­tion. The ref­er­en­dum saw 64.85% vote yes to re­move the pro­hi­bi­tion on blas­phemy, with 35.15% in favour of re­tain­ing it. The de­ci­sion was the lat­est re­flec­tion of so­cial and po­lit­i­cal changes in Ire­land, which the taoiseach, Leo Varad­kar, has de­scribed as a “quiet rev­o­lu­tion”.

Vot­ers also re­turned pres­i­dent Michael D Higgins to of­fice.

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