People react as Ireland votes in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum, in Dublin. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favor of gay marriage, saying it needed a "new language" with which to speak to people. As jubilant "Yes" supporters nursed their hangovers after partying late into the night following Saturday's referendum result, the faithful attended Mass to hear their priests reflect on the new social landscape in Ireland.Adopting gay marriage is a seismic change in Ireland, where the Catholic Church has traditionally been hugely influential.The Redemptorist priest, who voted "Yes," said the Church needed to rethink how it approaches Ireland's youth if it is to reverse its waning position in society.Gay marriage was explicitly outlawed in Australia under a 2004 revision of the national Marriage Act.
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