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Referendum on same-sex marriage to be held in 2015 [Irish Times]

November 6, 2013

The Cabinet has agreed to hold a referendum on same sex marriage before the summer of 2015.

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.

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  • 1. LK2013  |  November 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    May 2015? I guess that's good news, but why soooooo far away?

  • 2. David in London  |  November 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    True. Ireland's current constitution has all sorts of Roman Catholic inspired nonsense in it due to the Church having a lot of influence over its drafting back in the day. For example, according to the Irish Constitution the state has a duty to promote the role of women in the home (I kid you not). Recently however, due to the utter disgust the Irish people have developed towards the RCC's upper tiers and especially the Vatican over numerous scandals a large majority of the population have been very vocal about wanting the document updated and the dogma stripped out. Hence the Convention and now the resulting stream of referenda. I understand the fatigue, but man, good on them for doing it.