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The New York Times hailed the victory as putting Ireland at the "vanguard of social change".
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the state.
In 2015, a survey of 1,000 individuals in Ireland found that 78% of people are in support of same-sex marriage and 71% of people think that same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.The bill was supported by all parties, although individual politicians have criticised the legislation.The Minister for Justice signed the commencement order for the act on 23 December 2010. Due to the three-month waiting period for all civil ceremonies in Ireland, it had been expected that the first civil partnership ceremonies would take place in April.Earlier, a 2008 survey showed that 84% of Irish people support civil marriage or civil partnerships for same-sex couples, with 58% supporting full marriage rights in registry offices.The number who believe same-sex couples should only be allowed to have civil partnerships fell from 33% to 26%.