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By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side. With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote. Irish national broadcaster RTE estimated turnout was likely to reach 60 percent in Dublin, which would be the highest in a referendum for years.
Kane Williamson's unbeaten 92 rounded off a fine day's work for New Zealand in the first Test against England at Lord's on Friday. The Black Caps ended the second day well-placed at 303 for two, just 86 runs behind England's first innings 389. Williamson and Ross Taylor (47 not out) had so far shared an unbroken stand of 155 after coming together when the tourists had lost two wickets with their score on 148.
Organisers of Live Earth, a set of global concerts backed by Al Gore aimed at pushing for urgent action on climate change, on Friday announced a delay. Live Earth had announced shows on each inhabited continent for June 18 featuring more than 100 artists to raise pressure for a strong agreement at a UN-led climate conference in Paris at the end of the year. Representatives however said Friday that no events would take place on June 18, and instead a free concert would be held near the Eiffel Tower in Paris sometime in the autumn.