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Irish Constitutional Convention votes in favor of marriage equality, recommends referendum

Marriage equality

By Jacob Combs

A convention established to recommend reforms and changes to the Irish constitution has overwhelmingly recommended that same-sex couples be provided full marriage rights, the Guardian reported yesterday.

The convention’s recommendation, which garnered 79 percent of the vote, must be placed before the public as a referendum before it can go into effect.  From the Guardian:

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Gay and Lesbian Network welcomed the endorsement of gay marriage equality.

The Marriage Equality director Moninne Griffith said the vote proved “Ireland is ready for equality for same-sex couples and wants equal access to civil marriage for loving committed gay and lesbian couples”.

The Gay and Lesbian Network director Brian Sheehan described the vote as a “historic day – a major milestone on the remarkable journey” towards full equality.

The convention was established by the Fine-Gael-Labour coalition to secularise much of the Irish constitution, which has given the Catholic church a great deal of power and influence in the state since its foundation.

As we reported here on EqualityOnTrial, a January poll on marriage equality in Ireland found that 75 percent of respondents said they would vote yes on a referendum to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.  That number has increased by 12 percentage points since 2008.


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