Castlebar Town and Louth Vote For Gay Marriage
Marriage Equality have welcomed news that both Castlebar Town Council and Louth County Council passed motions in support of civil marriage for same-sex couples.
The councils join a growing number of other councils across Ireland including Dublin, Cork and Waterford City Councils, as well as South Dublin and Fingal County Councils.
Motions of support for same-sex marriage have also been successfully passed in Belfast City Council, as well as Newry and Mourne, Dungannon-South Tyrone, Moyle, Down, Omagh and Magherafelt District Councils in Northern Ireland.
"This is a wonderful step by Castlebar Town Council and Louth County Council to raise awareness of this important issue at a local level,” says Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith. “We'd like to thank all councillors involved for their initiative, and our supporters in Castlebar and across Louth who spoke to their councillors over the last few months about raising the issue."
"Marriage equality is not just a national issue, it's a local one. It's about respecting and protecting loving couples and families who are part of our communities and treating them as equal. That’s why putting the issue on the agenda at local level is so important."
A Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times this weekend shows that 66% of Irish people support equal gay marriage.