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Ireland: First Same Sex Weddings Before Christmas!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Irish Times

Although the public just overwhelmingly approved a referendum on marriage equality, it’s gonna be a few more months before same sex couples can marry in the country.

The International Business Times reports:

Arrangements will start within the next few days to pass a law to give create the Constitutional amendment that will allow Ireland’s first same-sex marriage to take place before Christmas. The expected Yes vote will result in a new sentence being added to Article 41 of Ireland’s Constitution. It will read: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”…

To give effect to the amendment, the Oireachtas (Ireland’s parliament) will enact the Marriage Bill 2015, which will state in law that being of the same sex is no longer an impediment to marriage. Officials in the Department of Justice are due to start the drafting the legalisation next week. A spokesman said the Bill would be ranked with a view to it being passed by the Oireachtas before the summer recess. The law will set out the practical changes to come. When it comes into place, two people getting married will declare that they accept each other as “husband and wife” or as “spouses of each other”. It will also state that a change of gender will have no effect on marriage…

When the Marriage Bill has been drafted, it will go to Cabinet for a formal sign-off. It will then be enacted by the Oireachtas – probably in July – before practical work is done on changing marriage forms and procedures. Lastly, the Minister for Justice will sign a commencement order.

Ireland Votes “Yes” on Marriage Equality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

irelandThe voters in Ireland have embraced marriage equality, the first time this has happened on a national level.

From The Washington Blade:

Local media reports indicate a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in Ireland appears to have passed by a wide margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Friday. “It is about removing inequality. It’s historic, and that’s why I’ll be voting yes.” Ireland is the first country in the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples through a popular vote.

According to Pink News, the “no” side has conceded defeat:

Anti-same sex marriage campaigners in Ireland have conceded defeat in the referendum. David Quinn of the anti-same sex marriage Iona Institute tweeted, just an hour after the count began, to congratulate the Yes campaign.

It looks like the measure passed with a wide margin:

The Republic of Ireland looked set to pass same-sex marriage this morning, with early counts indicated a margin of up to 2:1 for the measure. According to early tallies, a yes vote was likely in most of the 43 constituencies in Ireland, with some reports suggesting up to a 2:1 split in favour of same-sex marriage. Even in more conservative areas, early reports suggested only a 50/50 split, and an exceptionally high turnout in urban areas offered reassurance to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign.

It’s an amazing day for Ireland, and for the world.

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76% Plan to Vote for Marriage Equality in Ireland

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

titleA new poll released this week shows that 76% intend to vote yes in Ireland’s marriage referendum.

A Red C poll was carried out earlier this week to assess voting intentions in Ireland ahead of the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage, which will be held on May 22.

With the highest percentage so far, 76% said they would vote in favour of equal marriage, 21% said they would vote against, and 3% said they did not know. With undecided voters excluded, the yes vote percentage showed 78% of those polled were in favour, with 22% against.

See the Full Story at Pink News

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76% in Ireland Support Marriage Equality, and 90% Under 24

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ireland Poll

A new poll from Ireland shows huge levels of support for marriage equality.

The Irish Journal reports:

A new poll shows 76% support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, ahead of this summer’s referendum. The Red C poll was carried out by phone among 1002 people. The referendum will be held in May. It shows that 81% of women and 72% of men polled supported marriage for same-sex couples. People aged 18 – 24 were most likely to support it, with support generally declining as the age of those polled increased. The news has been welcomed by Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Its director, Mark Kelly, said that the poll “is further evidence of the deep repository of goodwill amongst voters in Ireland towards full equality for same sex couples.”

Now if they’ll just show up for the referendum…

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Ireland to Vote on Marriage Equality Referendum in May

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Ireland - Google MapsIreland has picked a month for the vote on marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet. The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas. It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

We hope marriage equality will come to Ireland next year – but everyone needs to get out and vote.

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Moving Marriage Equality Ad Launched in Ireland

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Ireland Marriage Equality Ad

Want something to wash away some of that sadness and cynicism? Check out the new marriage equality ad out of Ireland.

Pink News reports:

A moving advert has been released as part of a voter registration campaign ahead of next year’s referendum on equal marriage. The Republic of Ireland, which introduced civil partnerships in 2011, is set to vote next May on extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, with early polls suggesting a landslide victory for equality. However, referendums have a history of unpredictability in the country, due to a combination of low turnouts and powerful religious lobbies.

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Irish Poll Predicts Marriage Equality Landslide

Monday, October 13th, 2014

titleA new Irish poll shows that 67% would vote for marriage equality when it comes before the country on the ballot in May of 2015.

Pink News reports:

An Irish Times/Ipsos Mori poll was carried out on the issue this week, ahead of a planned referendum on same-sex marriage which is scheduled for May 2015. When quizzed on voting intentions, 67 percent of people said they would vote for equal marriage, 20 percent said they would vote against, 3 percent refused to answer, and the rest were undecided. With undecided voters excluded, a huge 77 percent of people polled will back equal marriage next year, with just 23 percent voting against.

Potential low turnout and an anti-gay religious campaign could still endanger the initiative.

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“Armagayddon” Coming to Ireland in Hilarious Marriage Equality Video

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ArmagayddonA hilarious new marriage equality video previews the Armagayddon to come when Ireland passes a marriage equality referendum next year.

Joe.My.God reports:

It’s “somewhere in Ireland, 2017” and a straight couple has barricaded themselves in their home because of the “armagayddon” wrought by same-sex marriage. Watch every hilarious second of this.

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Ireland Marriage Equality Poll: 86% Support Same Sex Relationships

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new poll out of Ireland shows some of the strongest support for same sex couples that we’ve ever seen.

Pink News reports:

A poll in Ireland has found that 86% of people approve of same-sex relationships. The poll – conducted by the Sunday Times – surveyed 954 people, and found overwhelming support for same-sex couples… Kieran Rose, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said: “This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian and gay headed families.

The new poll bodes well for the planned 2015 referendum on marriage equality in the country.

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Ireland Marriage Equality Vote Will Happen next Spring

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Ireland - Google MapsIreland marriage equality will get a referendum vote in the Spring of 2015.

Joe.My.God reports:

Via Ireland’s Journal: Enda Kenny announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in the spring of next year. Speaking in the Dail today during Order of Business, the Taoiseach confirmed the vote will take place within the first four months of 2015. Responding to a question from Gerry Adams, the Fine Gael leader said, “The referendum will be in spring of next year. We haven’t named a date yet. “There are a number of other legal issues that need to be dealt with, including elements of adoption which are necessary. We’d like to have that cleared before we put the marriage equality referendum. It will be in the spring of next year and the government will decide a date in due course.”

A poll in February showed that 76% in the country support marriage equality – 76%!

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