Ireland: Prime Minister Supports Marriage Equality, Referendum Planned for May, 2015

Written by scott on November 6th, 2013
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Marriage equality will go before voters in Ireland in May 2015, and the Prime Minister came out in full support.

Towleroad reports:

At their meeting today, 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 people. It is now expected that same sex marriage and a number of other proposed constitutional changes including a reduction in the voting age to 17 will be put to the electorate in May 2015. This morning, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said it was important that the Government “win” any referendum on same-sex marriage. “It is important that we win this referendum. It is an important issue and we know from referenda on social issues before that it is important to do some preparation before the referendum is held,” he said on his way into the Cabinet meeting this morning.

Somewhere between two thirds and three quarters of Irish voters support marriage equality, according to recent polls.

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