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Ireland plans 2015 public referendum on same-sex marriage

Friday, November 8, 2013

DUBLIN — The Irish government announced Thursday that it has set May 2015 as the date for a public referendum on same-sex marriage.

IrelandDuring a cabinet meeting, the Ministers accepted the recommendation of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that they should follow the advice of the Constitutional Referendum and put the issue of same-sex marriage to the Irish voters.

Thursday’s announcement follows a vote by the Irish Constitutional Convention last April to recommend a change in the Constitution to allow same-sex couples full civil marriage, and not just a civil partnership.

The Church of Ireland’s pro-LGBT group, Changing Attitude Ireland (CAI), welcomed the referendum and challenged all the churches not to oppose it.

“The government’s intention to hold a referendum to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples will facilitate discussion and challenge the ignorance, especially in the churches, of the positive experiences of same-sex relationships,” said Dr. Richard O’Leary, chairman of CAI.

The Catholic church has not announced whether it intends to campaign against the measure. The church hierarchy’s temporal power in Ireland has been dramatically diluted during the last decade, in large part to allegations of pedophilia among clergy members.

Grainne Healy, chairman of Marriage Equality, said she was confident that the people of Ireland overwhelmingly support the extension of civil marriage rights to lesbian and gay people.

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“This referendum is unlike most other referenda, it’s not concerned with politics or economics, it’s about Ireland valuing its citizens equally,” she said. “Introducing marriage equality to Ireland would strengthen our reputation as champions for human rights and equality.”

LGBTQ equality rights activists also noted that delaying the referendum until 2015 gives the Irish government time to settle related legislation such as the Children and Family Bill, which establishes the rights of gay and lesbian parents.

A recent poll found that 75 percent of the Irish public would vote in favor of marriage equality.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. meh why stop there. they should have a public referendum for every bill now. the rights of minorities should be protected and not up to popular vote.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:45pm
  2. They’re putting human rights to a vote?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:47pm
  3. Waste of money. You don’t need a referendum for that!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:51pm
  4. they needed one in the UK.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:53pm
  5. hell yeh <3

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:51pm
  6. Asking uneducated, religion influenced (poisoned) people about civil rights is totally wrong!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:53pm
  7. We are not uneducated religion influenced people, when people think of Ireland im sure they imagine old fashioned religious country people that may be true of the elderly rural community but the rest of Ireland is not like this, there will be marriage equality in Ireland I don't know why their waiting so long but it will happen.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:48pm
  8. Well, Ireland isn’t extremist in its beliefs. And Catholic countries were some of the first to legalize same sex marriage, so it probably won’t be much of an issue. There’s plenty of support for homosexuality as it is so there’s no point in demonizing religion in this case.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:03pm
  9. If Ireland does get gay marriage, America will look even worse as a country. Individual states are not enough. The whole country is the goal. All of it.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:04pm
  10. It's really sad how bad 'my' country looks.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:09pm
  11. Ireland is a VERY LIBERAL country... they are more liberal compare to the UK... the only thing that is not widely accepted there yet is Abortion...

    Replied on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 10:43am
  12. It means they can also vote for slavery o apartheid?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:13pm
  13. 2015! Well hell, why not 8052!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:30pm
  14. Yay my heritage will soon have gay marriage legalized I’d sooo get married in Ireland

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:37pm
  15. You don’t decide issues of equality through referenda!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:40pm
  16. A catholic nation having marriage equality?
    …good luck :/

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:00pm
  17. Ireland is NOT a catholic nation... the people distrust the catholic church and THIS will pass...

    Replied on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 10:45am
  18. in fact, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, and Brazil ARE catholic nations...

    Replied on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 10:46am
  19. Northern Ireland or Southern?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:48pm
  20. Republic of Ireland

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:49am
  21. Why 2015? Why not NOW?!

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:57am
  22. Ireland just went into referendum this year... put it on the ballot next year and expect it to fail... people are frustrated with all the referendums happening within the span of 5 years... this is not switzerland were people are used to referendums...

    Replied on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 10:45am
  23. JUST DO IT !!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:43am
  24. Not soon enough

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:08am
  25. Unacceptable to wait this long.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:09am
  26. I think it’s a bad decision to put the well-being of minorities into the hands of the public. All-in-all, since it IS happening this way, come 2015 I hope we see a massive pro-LGBTQ turn out.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:57am
  27. all well and good but can we add something about reproductive rights?

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:03pm