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Ireland will hold referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Sunday, April 14, 2013

DUBLIN — Ireland will hold a referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage after a the Irish Constitutional Convention on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favor of extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.

The convention voted 79 percent in favor of amending the constitution to allow for same-sex marriage, 19 percent voted against, and the remainder had no opinion, reported the Irish Times.

Supporters of the proposal, some of whom cheered and wept as the result was announced this afternoon, hailed it as a landmark on the road towards equality for gay couples and urged the Government to act swiftly by calling a referendum. The convention’s recommendation will now be sent to the Government, which has pledged to hold a debate in the Oireachtas and set out its response within four months.

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The members also voted in favour of recommending that the State pass laws “incorporating changed arrangements in regard to the parentage, guardianship and the upbringing of children”.

LGBT advocacy groups quickly hailed the news as “an historic step.”

“It is a major milestone on the remarkable journey to full constitutional protection for lesbian and gay people and families in Ireland,” said Brian Sheehan, Director of the Gay and Lesbian Network. “It builds on the extraordinary progress we have achieved over the last 20 years, and clearly demonstrates that Ireland is ready to take the next step to complete that remarkable journey.”

The Marriage Equality director Moninne Griffith said the vote proved “Ireland is ready for equality for same-sex couples and wants equal access to civil marriage for loving committed gay and lesbian couples”.

The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference denounced the measure, calling the vote “disappointing.”

“The Catholic church will continue to promote and seek protection for the uniqueness of marriage between a woman and a man, the nature of which best serves children and our society,” said a spokesman for the Catholic Communications Office.

Under the Irish constitution, the constitutional change must be approved by voters.

A January poll found that 75 percent of Irish voters would vote yes in a referendum to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples – an increase of 12 percent from previous research in 2008.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Jonno Gibb

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:49pm
  2. Fair play Ireland, got something right for a change

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:51pm
  3. Wow! At this rate the United States, which should’ve been the first country will be 193. Come on, America. Get with the program!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:51pm
  4. God Love this new President! Cahonnes galore!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:51pm
  5. Great day today for equality! Civil marriage may not be for every couple but being given the choice should be! #yes2love

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:54pm
  6. Glad to hear from one of my fave countries!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:55pm
  7. Awesome to hear :) hope the best for em

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:55pm
  8. Erin go bragh!!!!! again lol

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:35pm
  9. They’ll legalize it before the US does. Everyone’s more ahead of the game than us.

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00pm
  10. A vote on rights? Not cool Ireland!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:02pm
  11. Good for Ireland!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:13pm
  12. Excellent!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:46pm
  13. That sucks

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 4:16pm
  14. WHY does that suck?….it’s a move in the RIGHT direction…..in alot of people’s opinion.

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 4:49pm
  15. i agree….and it’s making us look like a DAMN JOKE….on human rights.

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 4:50pm
  16. GREAT NEWS…..come on AMERICA it’s time to get on with it and JOIN the rest of the WORLD…..GIVE EVERYONE EQUAL RIGHTS….MARRIAGE EQUALITY, ALREADY.

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 4:52pm
  17. Well, this will be interesting…

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 5:55pm
  18. Oh sorry. I posted on the wrong page

    Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6:09pm