Ireland: Could Low Voter Turnout Endanger Marriage Equality Initiative?

Written by scott on November 5th, 2013

IrelandAn initiative to legalize marriage equality in Ireland will likely be on the ballot by 2015. But despite high levels of public support, officials are concerned that low turnout might become an issue.

Pink News reports:

Over the weekend, Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, was warned by members of his Fine Gael party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”. Despite opinion polls showing a three-to-one majority in favour of marriage equality, political commentators believe the final result could be a lot closer, especially if anti-equal marriage opponents successfully use the influential platform of Ireland’s Catholic Church to propel their message. Several public votes on a range of constitutional matters took place last month. In the referendum to abolish Ireland’s Upper House in its Parliament (Seanad) and establish a new Court of Appeal turnout was just 39%.

Are Irish officials being over cautious? It should be pretty hard to lose when you have a 3 to 1 advantage.

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