Same-sex Marriage Referendum For 2014
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says there will be a referendum on gay marriage next year.
After the report on gay marriage from the Constitutional Convention, the Government is likely to agree to a referendum on gay marriage, and Eamonn Gilmore says it will happen next year.
The National Lesbian and Gay Federation (NLGF) welcomes with great support the announcement by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD that the government intends holding a referendum on extending equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in 2014.
Olivia McEvoy, Chair of the NLGF, stated: "The NLGF has always asserted that the issue of marriage equality should not require a public vote as marriage is a fundamental human and civil right that should be open to all citizens of this country. However, as the government has affirmed the need for a referendum on this issue, we will firmly give our support to the campaign to secure a Yes vote on the day of the poll."
The public polls on this issue have shown consistent and ever growing support for full marriage equality for same-sex couples.
"We take great heart from the overwhelming vote at the Constitutional Convention last April to positively affirm the right of LGBT couples to marry under our Constitution, a result consistent with numerous public opinion surveys on the issue," McEvoy continued.
"Twenty years ago this month we finally repealed the draconian legislation that criminalised gay people for who they loved, and it is disturbing to think that such archaic laws remained in force for so long. Ireland has been on a remarkable journey where LGBT rights are concerned but the glaring gap in denying LGBT people the right to marry the person they love still exists. Irish people are more than ready to embrace fairness and equality for LGBT people and the NLGF calls on the Irish government to finally consign this discrimination to the history books where it belongs."