Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland on Thursday, five months after a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world's first country to vote for gay unions. In a brief statement, the president's office said "The Presidential Commission today signed the 'Marriage Bill 2015' into law", paving the way for the first weddings within a month. In May, Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favour of allowing marriage between two people "without distinction as to their sex," the first time anywhere that gay marriage has been legalized by referendum. Legal challenges to the result had briefly delayed the legislation from coming into effect. Senator Katherine Zappone, who had long campaigned for her Canadian marriage to her wife to be recognized in Ireland, called it "a defining moment". "It is a deeply emotional moment for those of us who have campaigned for so long," Zappone said in a statement. "This victory truly belongs to the nation, it is a moment for us all."Source: AFP << Sweden's Supreme Court Rules Against a Father Seeking to Ren... Low-Fat Diets not Better than High-fat Diets for Weight Loss >> Recommended Reading Argentina Lifts Ban on Gay Blood Donations in the Country For long, people believed that homosexual relationships were more risky than heterosexual in terms of contracting HIV, a perception that led to the ban. READ MORE Pre-exposure Prophylaxis may Prevent HIV Infection in High Risk Gay Men The study strongly support s the addition of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the standard of prevention for men who have sex with men at risk of HIV infection. READ MORE Myanmar's Spirit Festival Offers Rare Space for the Country's Gay Community At Taungbyone there is a warm welcome for the gay, providing a direct line to the spirits by day and spending evenings dancing as part of celebrations. READ MORE Activist Couple Fight to Get Gay Marriage Legalized in Conservative Korea Buoyed by the US Court's recent landmark decision on same sex marriage, the gay rights movement in South Korea is currently riding something of a mini-wave. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Selfie Addiction Calculator Sanatogen Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?