Ireland’s Gay Marriage Referendum To Be Held In 2015

I’m glad this is moving forward in Ireland, though I still see plenty of fighting ahead since Ireland is Catholic dominated.

Ireland will stage a referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015, officials said Tuesday, in a move already proving divisive in the historically Catholic nation.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter announced that proposals which would amend Ireland’s constitution would be voted on in early 2015.

“I am very pleased that in response to the memo that I brought to Cabinet, the government today agreed to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage during the first half of 2015,” Shatter said.

Earlier this year, the Constitutional Convention, a forum established to consider and make recommendations on possible future amendments to the constitution, voted overwhelmingly to recommend that the constitution be changed to allow for civil marriage for same-sex couples.

In July, the convention submitted its report to the coalition government, made up of centre-right party Fine Gael and their smaller Labour partners on the left.

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